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Staff at two West Yorkshire colleges balloted on strike action
Two cash-strapped colleges in West Yorkshire are being balloted for possible strike actions over plans to cut jobs and change contracts. Bradford College, which received two government bailouts...
Former adviser to two skills ministers blasts apprenticeship levy
A former senior advisor to two previous skills ministers is the latest figure in FE to insist the levy is in urgent need of reform, in a new...
Former ESFA boss Peter Lauener to chair CITB
Peter Lauener is taking on yet another job next month, this time as chair of the Construction Industry Training Board at the request of the skills minister. The...
Revealed: The colleges and local authorities allowed to keep £5m for courses that did not take place
Over £5 million in adult education budget funding was paid to 86 colleges and local authorities last year for courses that didn’t take place, according exclusive FE Week...
Barnfield College placed in administered status following 'serious decline' in financial health
The skills minister has imposed administered status on a cash-strapped college in Luton, due to the “significant” financial challenges it faces. Anne Milton wrote to Barnfield College on...
Providers told to declare subcontracting fees by late April
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has finally sent providers long-delayed templates to let them declare their subcontracting fees. Individual lead providers previously had to publish their annual...
ESFA to 'review' rules on subcontracting fees and charges
Subcontracting fees and charges will be reviewed to ensure government funding is being used for “recognised costs”, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has revealed. “In the coming...
Principal resigns after Ofsted brands Moulton College ‘unsafe’
The principal of a Northamptonshire college has resigned after it was labelled “unsafe” by Ofsted in a damning grade four report. Stephen Davies stepped down from Moulton College...
Repayments deferred to next April for loans scandal victims
Debt repayments from hundreds of victims of an FE loans scandal have been deferred for another 12 months. FE Week has been coordinating a campaign to have the...
Carole Stott to step down as WorldSkills UK chair
Carole Stott will step down as chair of WorldSkills UK in the autumn, after more than five years in the role. The former teacher, who was awarded an...
Third early monitoring report a success – but provider targeted isn’t ‘new’ to apprenticeships
Ofsted’s third early monitoring visit to a new levy-funded apprenticeship provider has uncovered a “clear focus” on delivering high-quality training. However, it is the second of the three...