Nick Linford

  • Halesowen staff escalate action

    Halesowen College staff have pledged to boycott lesson observations as four sacked staff announced they were taking the college to an employment tribunal. The University and College Union (UCU) said that from today around 60 of their members at the college, near Birmingham, would snub “anything to do with lesson observations” as the row over

    23.54 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News

  • Colleges keep sign–off on 16 to 18 provision

    The government has clarified its position on local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) after FE leaders were left scratching their heads after what one sector leader called “bizarre” official advice. The confusion revolves around the extent to which LEPs had sign-off on 16 to 18 provision. On Monday, March 18, the government said that “all FE learning

    0.01 Mar. 22nd, 2013 | News

  • Scrabble to rename the FE Guild

    The proposed FE Guild could have a different name by the time it is launched in August. Peter Davies, who heads a project helping to shape the guild, said a survey was set up after consultation revealed that more than 60 per cent of respondents did not like the original title. He said that many

    23.48 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News

  • Funding protection outlined by Skills Funding Agency

    The Skills Funding Agency has announced more detail on a measure to protect providers from potentially huge drops in funding under a new payments regime. The agency revealed that it would be acting to stop providers’ funding dropping by more than 3 per cent in the next academic year. Agency payments for delivering qualifications under

    23.52 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News

  • ‘Inadequate’ grading triggers government funding threat

    City of Liverpool College could have its funding withdrawn after falling from outstanding to the lowest Ofsted grade of inadequate. The Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said they were “considering action” in response to the 17,000-learner college’s inspection result. Options listed in the agency’s Provider Risk Assessment and

    23.44 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News

  • Effective Leadership and Governance supplement

    Download your free copy of the FE Week 16 page special supplement on effective leadership and governance, sponsored by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). Click here to download (18mb) Introduction College leaders operate in an ever–changing world against which they must act predictively and react prudently. From considerations surrounding the new student intake

    11.37 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News, Supplements

  • Government launch consultation in response to Richard Review

    The government has today published their response to the Richard Review in a “plan to redefine apprenticeships”, starting with a formal consultation. The document, The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Next Steps from the Richard Review, comes four months after Doug Richard’s independent review of apprenticeships, and asks 24 questions. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “These plans will radically change

    0.00 Mar. 14th, 2013 | News

  • Richard Marsh, director, National Apprenticeship Service

    Richard Marsh remembers his first job well. “It was the Eighties, just after the Berlin Wall had come down, and loads of construction work was being done,” he says of working in post-Cold War Germany. “I was part of a roving gang of builders, tarmacking roads and improving infrastructure, which felt a bit like an

    13.28 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Profiles

  • Schools and employers need to get together

    The needs of employers should be running through the veins of the school system. Young people should be fully informed about their choices – and have the vital skills for the world of work, , says Jason Holt. Apprenticeships have barely been out of the headlines over the past six months.  There have been two

    13.21 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion

  • National Apprenticeship Week Photography Competition

    If you provide apprenticeships then encourage your learners to take a photograph that represents their apprenticeship and be in with a chance of winning an absolutely fantastic prize! Email one entry before March 18th to, including contact details, the apprenticeship qualification, employer and college or training provider. A selection of submissions will be published

    16.19 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Events, News

  • A strong apprentice brand is invaluable

    Schools and businesses must both play their part in reinforcing  apprenticeships, says Adrian Bailey MP National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to underline the crucial role that apprenticeships play in the skills base of our country, to celebrate the achievements of many of our young people and to campaign for the changes needed to get

    13.04 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion