Opinion

Government must act now to make colleges financially sustainable

The FE sector will play a vital role in retraining workers and filling skills gaps, writes Meg Hillier, but…

Billy Camden
MEG HILLIER
Opinion

This is how we can boost the number of girls and women on construction courses

There’s a huge market for female tradespeople to come round and fix the electrics, so we need to get…

Jess Staufenberg
Nikki Davis
Opinion

How the Skills Bill would increase and clarify the government’s legal powers

The Skills Bill drops hints as to the direction of policy in the sector, writes Mark Taylor The skills…

Jess Staufenberg
Mark Taylor
Opinion

Colleges are teaching Generation Z: the ‘crisis generation’

The recession, Brexit and austerity have shaped Generation Z’s view of the world, writes Karl Pupé Educators, we are…

Jess Staufenberg
Karl Pupé
Opinion

The Skills Bill: inadequate to deal with years of neglect and a pandemic

This Skills Bill reveals an approach that remains inadequate to tackle the scale of the skills challenges we face…

Jess Staufenberg
Toby Perkins
Opinion

The Skills Bill is not about taking back control of colleges

Instances of serious failure are rare and the government wants to reduce interventions with the Skills Bill, writes Gillian…

Jess Staufenberg
Gillian Keegan


Opinion

New powers in Skills Bill point to radical loss of autonomy for colleges

Government is taking more control but the Skills Bill will only be a success if young people are kept…

Jess Staufenberg
Angela Donkin
Opinion

Let’s embed education for sustainable development (ESD) in teaching and training

To have a hope of meeting the government’s green goals, education for sustainable development needs to be embedded in…

Jess Staufenberg
Charlotte Bonner
Apprenticeships

It’s true – entry requirements for apprenticeships risks closing doors

Some learners barred from apprenticeships are ending up on college courses for three years, write Stephanie Thomson and Lorna…

Jess Staufenberg
Stephanie Thomson and Lorna Unwin
Opinion

Apprenticeship levy funding: the truth is out there

A major problem for apprenticeship levy watchers and commentators is that the government not only refuses to share spending…

Fraser Whieldon
Nick Linford
Opinion

The Queen’s Speech is welcome – but passing legislation is only the first step

Following the Queen’s Speech, there are a number of issues to keep an eye on when the Skills Bill…

Jess Staufenberg
Aveek Bhattacharya
Opinion

T-levels: Raising awareness in parliament will be vital to their success

A deeper understanding of T Levels by MPs will be crucial, writes Damian Hinds Giving young people the best…

Jess Staufenberg
Damian Hinds