Nick Linford

  • Johnson government a thumbs up for FE investment but sad to lose Marsden and Milton

    The huge 80 seat majority and return of the Conservative Party to government now puts the spotlight on Boris Johnson’s FE and skills manifesto pledges. Significant sums of additional funding for the sector will, we are promised, form part of the government’s next budget. From 2021 there will be, the manifesto says, a National Skills

    9.04 Dec. 13th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Government set to miss apprenticeship target by a massive 800,000 starts

    Latest official apprenticeship figures, published this morning, reveal the government is set to miss their manifesto commitment by a huge 800,000 starts. AELP verdict: a shocking indictment of how a well-intentioned idea has gone wrong In the 2015 manifesto, the Conservative Party said: “We have already delivered 2.2 million new apprenticeships over the last five

    11.31 Nov. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Apprenticeship starts for young people continue to fall - DfE reveal

    The number of apprenticeships started by young people has fallen a further eight percent, the third year in a row and now 22 percent lower than five years ago. Figures for the last academic year, published this morning by the Department for Education, reveal a continued decline for those under the age of 19, which

    10.36 Nov. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Interim CEO appointed at college under investigation for nepotism and ‘financial wrongdoing’

    Hull College Group has appointed a short-term interim chief executive, as investigations into nepotism and financial wrongdoing continue, FE Week can reveal. Staff have been told today that Derek O’Toole (pictured) is to take up the interim position of chief executive for the group, initially for just one month. As reported in early October, the

    19.42 Nov. 27th, 2019 | News

  • Conservatives announce manifesto pledge of £3bn over 5 years for a 'new National Skills Fund'

    The Conservative Party has said they will launch a £600 million a year “new National Skills Fund” if they form a government after the general election on 12 December. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has launched the manifesto – entitled Get Brexit Done, Unleash Britain’s Potential – in the West Midlands today. > CLICK HERE

    23.21 Nov. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • College with ‘failed’ Grenfell-style cladding to remain open for 16 to 18-year-old residents despite Bolton fire

    This evening the Department for Education (DfE) has said there remains “no immediate safety concerns” at a college halls of residence with cladding that has failed a safety test, despite a university student halls catching fire. It is understood that around 100 people were evacuated and two people suffered minor injuries at a Bolton University

    23.10 Nov. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: Hadlow College owes £40 million to over 300 organisations

    A scandal-hit college and the first to enter education administration owes £40 million to over 300 companies, charities and government agencies, FE Week can reveal. Three insolvency practitioners, all from BDO LLP, were assigned to Hadlow College in May 2019 and their joint report is due to be published next week. FE Week has been

    20.36 Nov. 10th, 2019 | News

  • ESFA announce 16-18 funding uplift for 'crucial' subjects

    The government has today announced a further funding increase for 16 to 18 year-old students as part of the £400 million extra revealed in August, but only for specific subjects, such as engineering. In addition to the per student unweighted base rate rising 4.7 per cent from £4,000 to £4,188, the funding for some courses

    11.58 Nov. 4th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted reveal new inspection report - all 13 of them

    Ofsted has this morning published the first provider reports under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), all 13 of them. The 13 inspections that took place in September include nine grade 2s, three grade 3s and one grade 4 (see list with links to the reports below). The report format, seen for the first time

    9.16 Oct. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Were college's students told cladding on halls of residence 'failed' a fire safety test?

    The cladding at a college’s halls of residence for students under the age of 18, the type used on the Grenfell Tower, failed a safety test several months ago. But speaking to FE Week the chair of governors “can’t remember” and a spokesperson “declined to comment” on whether the board or resident students were ever

    18.04 Oct. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Don’t blame providers for the levy’s unintended consequences

    Apprenticeships may have cleared one storm, but new clouds are already gathering on the horizon. Simon Ashworth charts the troubled seas that could sway ESFA apprenticeships director Keith Smith’s appearance at the AELP autumn conference on Tuesday I can see the headlines now: “Apprentices let down by poorly performing providers”, providing meat and drink for

    9.58 Oct. 24th, 2019 | Opinion