How we fought to save our local college – and won
When the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea sought to sell off a local college, they reckoned without the passion and...
Save Wornington College campaigner
Let’s celebrate the many apprenticeship successes
Jennifer Coupland took over as chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education last November. She reflects on her...
Chief executive, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Providers and the government need to better manage subcontracting
This week the ESFA published 10 subcontracting proposals in a consultation document. The FE sector is encouraged to respond – and...
Director, Further Education, ESFA
Changing perceptions, raising aspirations, making improvements
The new secretary of state for education introduces National Aprenticeship Week with his vision for how the sector will change on...
Who will gain this time from apprenticeship reform?
National Apprenticeships Week is now in its thirteenth year; launched in 2007 by the then Labour government as an “annual week-long...
Editor, FE Week
Perverse incentives and tangled pathways
If the new government is serious about its proposals, it must address the many problems with the levy, plus the accessibility...
Shadow FE and Higher Education Minister
At Ofsted we find little evidence apprentices are actually moving up the levels
The inspectorate for the quality of apprenticeships is concerned young people “aiming to step onto the career ladder are discovering that...
Deputy director for further education and skills, Ofsted
To be critical of colleges for running the courses learners want is bizarre
Blaming colleges for simply recruiting students to course subjects they want to study is weird and not the solution to the...
Former college principal now consultant
Hosting WorldSkills 2027 would have far-reaching benefits for the whole UK
Everyone should support efforts to host the WorldSkills international competition, says college leader and former psychologist to Team UK, Jo Maher,...
Principal and CEO, Boston College
Two strong appointments with Halfon and Wolf – but still no FE minister
This week two powerful advocates of the further education sector were appointed to influential roles within Whitehall. On Monday, the former...
Editor, FE Week