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Final FE loans impact assessments come under fire
The shadow FE minister, an independent charity and two trade unions have criticised the FE loans policy following the publication of the final Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) and...
Government considering apprenticeships at level 6 and 7
The government says they are “looking” at introducing apprenticeships at level 6 and 7. A source from Number 10 said the new levels would widen access routes into...
CBI report reveals basic skills deficit
Employers remain dissatisfied with school and college leavers’ basic skills according to a report by CBI. Around a third of employers said that young people lacked the necessary...
Concern over VAT on FE loans
Learners taking out an FE loan next year could be forced to pay 20 per cent VAT if they study with an independent training provider, according to Graham...
Richard Review interview
Entrepreneur Doug Richard is to lead an independent review into the future of the apprenticeship programme in England. The former Dragon’s Den investor has been commissioned by the...
Queen’s honour’s list recognises peoples’ work with WorldSkills
For the first time the Queen’s birthday honour’s list has recognised people’s work with WorldSkills International. Seven people received a CBE, OBE or MBE partly because of their...
Functional Skills funded for 38 per cent less
Providers delivering in the workplace will receive almost 40 per cent less funding when they are forced to switch from Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Certificates to Functional Skills...
An ‘outrageous’ mace-use of funds
Bradford College has stood by its decision to spend £24,000 on a decorative mace for its graduation ceremonies. The purchase has been described as a “crass bit of...
SFA £2.3m website hardly used
The FE Choices website has been viewed by 6,230 people since it launched in January, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. The  response from the Skills Funding Agency...
Subcontractor hits out at “rip off” management fee
The head of a subcontractor has called the high management fees used by some FE colleges a “rip off”. “The colleges get away with it because they can,”...
RTT Group has £3.3m contract terminated
Real-Time Training Ltd, which trades under the name RTT Group, has had its £3.3m contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) terminated. A spokesperson for the SFA told...