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Qualifications WILL be allowed for apprenticeships
Strict rules that apprenticeships cannot involve qualifications are set to be overturned next week, FE Week understands, potentially unsticking a series of standards held up for years by...
Colleges ditch 14-16 provision to save their reputation
Two huge colleges are walking away from their 14-to-16 provision because the government’s new progress measures are too “onerous” and damaging to their reputation, FE Week can reveal....
Ofsted watch: Top grade for independent learning provider
An independent learning provider has boosted its grade to ‘outstanding’ – reversing a trend that has seen a number of providers lose the top accolade in recent weeks....
Enforcement measures proposed to keep kids in education until 18
Enforcement measures should be introduced to make sure that 16-to-18-year-olds participate in education and training, a leading sector figure has said. The controversial proposal, which would see parents...
Revealed: Gove was forced to create UTCs
As education secretary, Michael Gove was “forced” to create university technology colleges by George Osborne and David Cameron, a former senior minister has revealed. David Laws, a Liberal...
Carillion update: £1.4m apprentice rescue package
Cash incentives of £1,000 are being offered to every employer who takes on apprentices caught up in the collapse of Carillion. The payments have been sourced by the...
Nearly £25m in non-levy cash went to new providers
Around £25 million was given to providers entering the apprenticeship market for the first time in the controversial non-levy tender, Anne Milton has revealed. In her first monthly...
Learndirect enters redundancy talks
Learndirect has entered redundancy talks with an unknown amount of its staff. A consultation on job losses was launched on Thursday, and is directly linked to the termination...
Colleges must meet Gatsby career benchmarks or lose money
Colleges have been warned that they could be stripped of funding if they do not comply with the government’s new careers guidelines. Updated guidance was published this afternoon...
Cambridge University and Greggs among 354 organisations added to register of apprenticeship training providers
The government increased the size of the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) by 354 today, pushing the total to 2,187 organisations with direct access to funding and in...
Northern Powerhouse education report: the eight findings for FE and skills
The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has today published a major report on how the region can close the education and skills attainment gap with the south. Chaired by former...