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Students stay in official net migration figures
The government’s response to the Business Innovation and Skills select committee report on overseas students and migration is a “disappointment”, says the Association of Colleges. In the initial...
‘Excellent’ grade dismissed
FE bosses have urged Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw to be cautious about creating an “excellent” Ofsted grade for college governors working in disadvantaged communities. The education...
Hancock calls for merger review
Two colleges in the Midlands have been told by FE minister Matthew Hancock to go back to the drawing board with their plans to merge. Proposals by Stourbridge...
Free lunches still off the menu
The government has been accused of inconsistency over a campaign to extend free lunches to students in sixth-form and FE colleges. James Kewin, deputy chief executive of the...
Esol funding ‘safe’
The Skills Funding Agency wants to allay fears that a new payment regime could reduce funding for adult language courses. Concerns about the future funding of English for...
‘Focus on job skills not league tables’
Government plans to introduce new post-16 performance tables for level three vocational qualifications have come under fire from the boss of a leading awarding organisation. The Department for...
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!...
Q&A with Ofsted’s Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael Wilshaw (pictured left), Ofsted’s chief inspector, tells FE Week of his experiences looking at Germany’s apprenticeship system Why did you visit Germany? When preparing my first...
Online vacancies and applications soar
The boss of the National Apprenticeship Service said that more consumers and employers “are recognising the benefits of apprenticeships”. David Way, chief executive of the service, spoke out...
The FE Week National Apprenticeship Week 2013 supplement
Download your copy of our special 16 page supplement, produced in partnership with NCFE, via the link below. > http://lsect.co.uk/NAW-2013-Supp.pdf (15mb) Introduction to the supplement Thousands of apprentices, from...
Provider told ‘no chance’ of growth request
A training provider in the Midlands slashed its growth request by 75 per cent after local staff at the Skills Funding Agency said there was “no chance of...