Why colleges should be wary of university mergers
Merging with a peer in further education is now the most sensible option for colleges wanting to cut costs, argues Martin...
Head of education, Weightmans law firm
Governance structures must evolve for a college to survive
Good governance is essential to the effective running of any business, with an ineffective board being the most likely reason for...
Chair of London & South East Education Group
What to do if your college is running into financial problems
Skills minister Anne Milton explains what the government is doing to support colleges in financial difficulty A college is a...
Minister for skills and apprenticeships
Quality of apprenticeship policy suffers from ‘insufficient progress’
Two years ago FE Week exposed thousands of apprentices on standards without any approved end-point-assessment organisations. At the time, a former...
Editor, FE Week
Functional skills is more relevant to the workplace than scraping a GCSE
It is vital that functional skills count towards the 20 per cent of time required to be learning off the job...
Chief executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Bonfire of the qualifications – is that what’s next?
Take the politics out of funding vocational qualifications and trust in the technical expertise of the bodies that have been set...
Chief executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies
Why is the sector celebrating greater dependence on the public purse?
In the past, the government paid 50 per cent of the costs towards the training of apprentices aged 19 and over....
Editor, FE Week
What does the budget mean for FE?
This was certainly not a budget for FE or education generally. No additional money was given or promised (apart from a...
Director of the Centre for Vocational Economics at LSE and Professor of Economics, University of Surrey
Adults are still being trapped in low-paid work
The recent technical reforms still do little to help young people stuck in low levels of education or adults trapped in...
Research analyst, Centre for Progressive Policy
Can national colleges overcome their recruitment and funding challenges?
Clair Mowbray explains how the first incorporated college to open in 30 years is responding to its funding and recruitment challenges...
Chief executive, National College for High Speed Rail