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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...
BREAKING: First official apprenticeship levy figures show a 61% fall in starts
Total apprenticeship starts for May, June and July fell a staggering 61% compared to the same period last year. Provisional figures published by the DfE this morning, as...
WorldSkills 2017: A school visit to remember for Team UK
Singing, dancing, glow-in-the-dark shows and a bird of prey; Team UK’s first outing in Abu Dhabi certainly had it all as they visited a local school ahead of...
Frustration as 5% tolerance on English and maths extended indefinitely
The five-per-cent tolerance on the notorious English and maths condition of funding rule will apply “until further notice”, the Department for Education has said today – but exasperated...
First City Training slumps to ‘inadequate’
A health and social care training provider has been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in a report that warns of “weak” management of apprenticeships. The report out today on...
WorldSkills 2017: Touchdown in Abu Dhabi
After a 3,000 mile flight Team UK has landed in Abu Dhabi ahead of their contests with the rest of the world’s best young people in trade careers...
New senior role for former SFA boss after Positive Outcomes disaster
A former Skills Funding Agency boss will take over as chair of the work-based learning specialist JTL, nine months after another major provider he had been overseeing went...
Exclusive: T-level priority panel chairs revealed
The chairs of the first six T-level panels have been announced by the Department for Education. Fifteen names of people who will chair and co-chair the so-called “priority”...
Manchester starts tumble by over a third, post-levy
Apprenticeship starts in one of England’s largest cities have shown a “notable and significant decline” since the introduction of the levy, according to local training providers. A total...
First T-levels announced by minister
UPDATE, 10am: The T-level action plan has now been published. To read it click here. The first three T-levels have been announced by the education secretary. Qualifications in...