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Late funding rates ‘unacceptable’
Skills Funding Agency announces transition factors hitting provider funding rates by 25 per cent or more. Colleges and training providers have been told their Skills Funding Agency earnings...
Older apprentices taking 16 to 18-year-old places
The 16 to 18 apprenticeships budget has been cut by £166m as would-be apprentices were squeezed out of places by “competition” from older applicants, a senior Department for...
Grade threes get traineeship go ahead
Further education leaders have called for a rethink on traineeships after new rules revealed lower-rated providers would be able to run the scheme, despite it having been designed...
Report urges careers guidance 'culture change'
Traineeships and the new 16 to 19 study programmes should include impartial job advice as part of a “much-needed culture change” in careers guidance, according to a new...
Apprenticeship applications up 32 per cent
Booming application numbers plus an increasing list of vacancies show apprenticeships are growing as a career alternative to university, according to Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. The National Apprenticeship...
Strike threat looms as pay talks resume
The prospect of industrial action looms over FE after the University and Colleges Union (UCU) backed a call to ballot for a national strike. At their national conference...
FE loans in first month ‘low’
The head of the Association of Colleges has expressed concern over “low levels” of applications for 24+ advanced learning loans. Martin Doel, association chief executive, spoke out as...
AELP calls for ‘rethink’ on Richard’s plans
The government has been urged to “rethink” any plans to overhaul the apprenticeship system in line with the recommendations of former Dragons’ Den investor Doug Richard. The Association...
Colleges ordered to improve
*Since publication of this story, the Department for Education has said that the figures indicating Kingston Maurward needed to improve were incorrect and apologised to the college. Three...
Resignations ‘won’t hit’ council work
The resignations of two members of the National Careers Council amid accusations that it was watering down recommendations to appease the government have been described as “regrettable”. Heather...
Principals fear ‘lack of new talent’
Succession planning is a key leadership challenge with too few would-be college principals waiting in the wings, a new report has warned. The Principals’ Professional Council report, Further...