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Minister admits to confusion over apprenticeship quality accountability
The skills minister has conceded that there is a lack of clarity when it comes to who is accountable for apprenticeship quality. Anne Milton acknowledged that it was...
Cap on subcontracting management fees being considered, ESFA director reveals
Caps on subcontracting management fees will be introduced if the government deems it “right and proper”. The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s director of apprenticeships was questioned on...
Struggling Epping Forest College racks up another financial notice
An Essex college has received a second financial notice to improve in under six months by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The notice for Epping Forest College,...
London Mayor plans £3m FE funding cut to pay for over 50 new bureaucrats
The mayor of London plans to top-slice £3 million from the adult education budget to pay for over 50 new bureaucrats from next year, instead of using it...
Institute for Apprenticeships appoints new board members
The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed two new members to join its board, six months after one former member, Sir Gerry Berragan, was promoted to become its chief executive....
Skills minister under pressure on 16-to-19 funding
The skills minister has admitted to being “very aware of the funding pressures” that 16-to-19 providers are under, even though the government has today confirmed the rate will...
Strikes off at Sandwell College after improved pay offer
Staff at a college who had been due to go on strike for four days this week have called the walkout off following “positive discussions” with management for...
IfA defends slowdown on apprenticeship standards
The number of new apprenticeship standards approved for delivery declined dramatically in March and April, FE Week analysis has revealed. The Institute for Apprenticeships only cleared four standards...
Rapid increase in providers forces expansion of ESFA audit team
The Education and Skills Funding Agency is beefing up its audit team amid mounting concerns about new providers entering the sector. It has launched a recruitment drive for...
Ofsted Watch: So close yet so far for grade three college
A college in Hertford will be kicking itself this week after Ofsted praised it for “much improvement” since its last inspection, but not enough to boost it up...
ESFA misses own deadline to update providers on T-levels
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has missed its own deadline to let providers know if they will be among the first to deliver T-levels. Providers who wanted...