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Future of Workers’ Educational Association threatened by devolution
A huge training provider that has been educating disadvantaged adults for over 100 years could “disappear” if it loses £7 million as a result of devolution, the House...
AoC Sport National Championships kicking off for their 40th year
The biggest sporting event in the college calendar promises to be extra special this year, as the AoC Sport National Championships celebrates its 40th anniversary with nearly 2,000...
Bitter war of words intensifies between AELP and IfA
The Institute for Apprenticeships is the “biggest threat” to quality in apprenticeships, the boss of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has warned – in the latest...
CITB shedding 800 jobs as it pulls out of direct training
The Construction Industry Training Board will shed around 800 jobs over the next three years, in a radical overhaul of how it operates that will see it pull...
Apprenticeship payments system malfunctions again
The government’s apprenticeship payments report system has been broken for almost a week – and there’s no fix currently in sight. Complaints about the online system first appeared...
CITB finds almost three quarters of Carillion apprentices new employers
Almost three quarters of the apprentices left jobless following the collapse of Carillion have secured new employment, following an “extraordinary effort” by the construction industry over the last...
Ofsted saves £400k with longer grade 2 inspection gap
Ofsted will save around £400,000 during the next academic year by elongating the maximum period between inspections for ‘good’ providers from three to five years, it has told...
Catholic sixth-form colleges demand academisation protection
Frustration is reaching boiling point at Catholic sixth-form colleges over barriers to converting to academy status. Becoming an academy, and in doing so enjoying the luxury of not...
Ofsted watch: RNN Group criticised for poor oversight of subcontractors
A college group has been criticised for its poor oversight of subcontractors, in the latest of a new wave of special Ofsted monitoring reports.  The RNN Group’s senior...
£73m adult education budget left unspent by 441 providers
Hundreds of colleges and training providers have between them failed to deliver £73 million of allocated funding, exclusive FE Week analysis has revealed. Education and Skills Funding Agency...
Topslice criticism for college given extra £1.6m adult education funding
The college that topped the funding tables during the adult education budget procurement has been awarded an extra £1.6 million for growth – even though it plans to...