Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

  • The prime minister’s ‘apprenticeship guarantee’: over-optimistic or visionary?

    Two regular commentators on vocational education policy who now work at the same consultancy firm take opposing sides over whether it is in the government’s gift to guarantee a young person an apprenticeship…   Possible? No Jonathan Simons, Director of education, Public First An apprenticeship is a protected term in law. It means that someone

    11.20 Jun. 5th, 2020 | Opinion

  • FE's fight to tackle hate crime

    Hate crimes in colleges have almost tripled in four years as leaders seek to raise awareness in light of a national spike since the coronavirus outbreak. The data obtained via Freedom of Information requests by FE Week from 23 of the 39 police forces in England reveal that 460 offences were recorded in colleges between

    10.00 Jun. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Winners of the AoC Beacon Awards 2020 announced

    Top colleges across the country are celebrating receiving honours in the Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards 2019-20. The winners and runners up are being announced via a virtual awards ceremony today after the scheduled Parliamentary reception in July had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated throughout the day

    12.04 Jun. 4th, 2020 | News

  • National student photography exhibition captures life of sixth form college learners during lockdown

    An online photography exhibition to showcase the life of sixth form college students during lockdown has been launched by the apprenticeships and skills minister today. More than 140 students from 46 colleges submitted contributions to “At home”, which is being co-ordinated by the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA). Department for Education minister Gillian Keegan said:

    0.01 Jun. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Nearly a clean sweep of positive results for FE providers throughout May

    Almost nine in ten full Ofsted inspection reports for FE providers returned either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades in May. And all but one of the 13 monitoring reports published this month produced ‘reasonable’ or ‘significant’ progress ratings. The education watchdog originally paused the publication of all further education and skills reports on the 20 March

    15.29 May. 29th, 2020 | News

  • Providers are taking the blame for a broken apprenticeships system

    The government’s numbers on apprenticeships don’t add up. Worse still, they lead to blaming the wrong people and make necessary reforms less likely, writes John Hyde For all the finger-pointing at apprenticeship providers about the substantial drop in the ESFA’s Apprenticeship Achievement Rate (AAR), the truth is that it neither gives a true picture of

    6.00 May. 25th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Union blasts college redundancy plans during coronavirus crisis as “unnecessary and unfair”

    A large general FE college has announced its seventh round of job cuts in six years. Blackburn College has put 29 jobs at risk, with 11 posts (6.98 full-time equivalent positions) expected to be cut. Affected staff members were informed of the redundancy consultation via video chat yesterday, in a move which union officials do

    13.14 May. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • In a time of uncertainty, here are some predictions for the sector

    The skills system has done an amazing job during the corona crisis and will be critical as the UK economy tries to get back on its feet, says David Marsh Most people will be pretty clear – the biggest challenge has been uncertainty. Everything has changed so much in the past two months that many

    6.00 May. 24th, 2020 | Opinion


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Sally Gibbs, Group Director of Strategy and Growth, Seetec Group Start date: May 2020 Previous job: Head of Business Development, Shaw Trust Interesting fact: Outside of work you’re most likely to find Sally in a dance studio, she attends several classes a week Elaine McMahon, Interim

    8.00 May. 25th, 2020 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Second college merger postponed due to Covid-19

    A merger involving a college that previously warned it was dependent upon the move for survival has been delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Southampton City College is now set to join Itchen Sixth Form College in August 2021, having scheduled the move for this summer. It is the second college merger

    10.00 May. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • College set to close with the loss of 117 jobs

    A land-based college is set to close next year with the potential loss of 117 jobs following an FE Commissioner review which found the site was no longer financially viable. Askham Bryan College informed staff at Newton Rigg College in Penrith of the decision this afternoon. The move to shut in July 2021 has been

    18.29 May. 21st, 2020 | News