Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

  • Coronavirus: How colleges are going above and beyond for their local communities

    Colleges across the country have volunteered their services to help local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. FE Week shares some examples, including care home, hospital and food bank donations, crowdfunding and the opening of residential accommodation to NHS staff and rough sleepers.     Care home, hospital and homeless charity helped by donations A college has

    6.00 Apr. 5th, 2020 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Rebecca Conroy, Acting chief executive, East Sussex College Group Start date: March 2020 Concurrent job: Principal, East Sussex College Eastbourne Interesting fact: She is a trained harpist. Mark Byerley, Director of career pathways in technology, Activate Learning Start date: May 2020 Previous job: Head of faculty

    6.00 Mar. 30th, 2020 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Applications open for WorldSkills Centre of Excellence

    Colleges from across the UK are now being invited to take part in the first wave of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence programme. Twenty slots are up for grabs for general further education colleges that have over 1,000 learners aged 16 to 18 and a “broad” curriculum offering which want to take part in

    6.00 Mar. 29th, 2020 | News

  • Reflections on ‘isolation’ and support networks

    Being alone successfully is a strategy that can be learned. Just a few behavioural techniques will make working home alone bearable – and even productive, writes Jo Maher As working at home becomes the new norm, I’ve seen countless social media comments and blogs on how people in various professions such as the armed forces

    6.00 Mar. 29th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Trust your judgement in doing what’s best for your learners

    Government must find sustainable solutions for learners and staff alike – and follow its own rules, writes Mark Dawe Last weekend I took part in an unprecedented FE Week webinar with AELP and AoC on a Saturday, to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic. With Lsect managing director Shane Mann ably marshalling proceedings as

    6.00 Mar. 28th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Atkins offers 'confidential' support in light of Covid-19

    The FE Commissioner has offered “confidential” support to any colleges struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Atkins reassured the sector in a webinar hosted by FE Week last Saturday that formal intervention would not be triggered if colleges seek assistance during the current crisis, and urged principals not to make any

    6.00 Mar. 28th, 2020 | News

  • How the FE sector is adapting to the coronavirus crisis

    Colleges and training providers have adapted in positive and innovative ways to continue learning and support the local community during the Covid-19 crisis. Here, FE Week shares some examples, including hospital donations, virtual horticulture, cooking and mental health classes, as well as zumba!   Care apprentices praised as they step up to new responsibilities Care

    13.26 Mar. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Facing the coronavirus challenges to EPA together

    Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, reflects on new guidance provided by her organisation on end-point assessment delivery There is no getting away from the fact that these are challenging times for everyone. Government guidance on minimising how we interact, to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus,

    12.00 Mar. 27th, 2020 | Opinion

  • AELP not convinced with subcontracting overhaul

    A major sector body has rejected nearly half the proposals in a government consultation which aims to radically overhaul subcontracting rules. Ten recommendations were put forward by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in its ‘subcontracting post-16 education and training’ consultation, which closed on March 17. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers, which represents

    11.00 Mar. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Cash-strapped college set to sell campus for up to £10m

    A college is set to sell a campus for up to £10 million in the coming days despite local opposition, after being told by a minister to “prioritise” the sale to protect its solvency. Developers have already been given the green light by the local council to demolish and build 108 homes at Warrington &

    9.30 Mar. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Nine key findings from new DfE employer and apprentice surveys

    The Department for Education released new data into the views and experiences of apprenticeships today. A survey of more than 5,000 apprentices was carried out while around 4,000 employers were also surveyed. FE Week has pulled out the key findings.   Apprentices   1. Awareness is on the rise Understanding that their course or training

    13.46 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News