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Ten colleges failed to secure apprenticeship funding for small employers, DfE reveals
Ten colleges which once held contracts to deliver apprenticeships with small employers were not awarded funding in the recent non-levy tender. The figure, revealed by academies minister Lord...
College sector performance continues rapid improvement
Just under three quarters of colleges are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as the sector’s rapid improvement continues into 2018. Two reports published this morning –...
National College for Nuclear launched
A national college planning to train the bulk of the country’s workforce for Britain’s nuclear industry opens today. The National College for Nuclear is based across two hubs,...
Bradford College bailed out twice in a single month
A college was bailed out twice in December, to the tune of £1.5 million each time, FE Week has learned. Figures revealing the amount of exceptional financial support...
FE commissioner: Funding for Institutes of Technology is 'too modest'
The £170 million funding pot for new Institutes of Technology will not enable them to have a significant impact on the skills system, the FE commissioner has told...
Ofsted announces tougher approach to monitoring subcontracting
Ofsted will increase its focus on management and quality in subcontracting, according to its most senior director for FE and skills. The letter is being sent out today...
Off-the-job qualifications can be included in apprenticeships, IfA confirms
Off-the-job technical qualifications can now be included in apprenticeships, the Institute for Apprenticeships has officially announced, confirming a significant U-turn which FE Week revealed last week. It is...
Professional footballers found guilty of £5m apprenticeship subcontracting fraud
Two former professional footballers and two other men have been found guilty of scamming colleges out of £5 million in apprenticeship funding, through a con which involved “ghost”...
FE and social justice: Top six education committee chair recommendations
Robert Halfon is set to give the keynote address on the theme of social justice and skills at an event run by the Centre of Social Justice, the...
College still allowed to provide apprenticeships despite 'inadequate' Ofsted
A college rated ‘inadequate’ for its apprenticeship provision more than seven months ago was given special dispensation to remain on the register of apprenticeship training providers. St Helens...
IfA approves quality assurer that is scheduled to close
A company approved to provide external quality assurance for digital apprenticeships will fold in September, in a situation described as an “unworkable short-term solution”. The Institute for Apprenticeships...