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WorldSkills 2017: Spectacular opening ceremony marks the start of competitions
The best of British took centre stage with the world watching tonight as Abu Dhabi put on a spectacular opening ceremony to officially open the 44th WorldSkills. Around...
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi Opening Ceremony | Watch live here
Representatives from 59 nations will this evening attend the opening ceremony of the 44th WorldSkills finals (live stream at the end of article). Around 1,300 competitors and members...
WorldSkills 2017: General Assembly hands 2021 competition to China
The WorldSkills General Assembly has today officially confirmed that Shanghai will host the 2021 competition. China was the only country in the running for the award, after Switzerland pulled...
MPs consider investigating the state of FE loans
The student loans system will come under parliamentary scrutiny – an investigation which may include FE. The Treasury select committee’s inquiry into student loans, launched today, will focus...
Ofsted watch: Sixth-form college lifts grade to 'good' in mixed week
A sixth-form college has improved its Ofsted rating by one grade to ‘good’, in a mixed week for FE and skills providers. “Leaders and staff” at King George...
SPONSORED: Colleges should embrace blended learning
To remain competitive in an ever-changing FE landscape, colleges must provide an exceptional learning experience – which means investing in learning technology.  We know there are huge differences...
DfE 'watching it closely' as management becomes England's second most popular apprenticeship subject
Management has soared in popularity to become the second most common apprenticeship framework, FE Week analysis can reveal. According to statistics released by the DfE, the management framework...
SPONSORED: What does the future hold for functional skills?
Functional Skills are changing, and NCFE is ahead of the game. NCFE Functional Skills come with a fantastic range of resources to support learner achievement rates. With free...
Ex-ITP boss on trial for alleged Sunderland College fraud
The ex-chief executive of a training provider and her former colleagues are on trial for allegedly defrauding a college and private provider out of almost £460,000. Joanne Mounter,...
FE Week asks: Neil Bentley on the vital role of WorldSkills
As Team UK packed their belongings and headed to the sandy deserts of Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills 2017, FE Week’s senior reporter Billy Camden caught up with WorldSkills UK’s...
Outgoing ESFA chief takes "personal responsibility" for Learndirect decisions
The outgoing head of the ESFA has claimed personal responsibility for the decision not to terminate Learndirect’s adult education budget contract after its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. Although the...