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AELP members respond to Richard Review with ‘anger’
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) today responded to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships. See their response in full below: The Richard review of apprenticeships has...
Twigg: You’ve snatched our Tech Bacc
The Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Stephen Twigg, has accused Skills Minister Matthew Hancock of “stealing the idea for a Technical Baccalaureate”. During a parliamentary exchange Mr...
VAT plans will dent  adult apprenticeships
Training experts say adults will be put off apprenticeships after the government announcement that training providers must charge VAT on new FE loans. Chief executive of the Association...
Learner voices at heart of 157 Group publication
The 157 Group has published ‘a collection of ten learner voices’, compiled in collaboration with the National Association of Specialist Colleges (Natspec), on the experiences of students with...
Principal of Leeds City College to be chair of 157 Group
FE Week can reveal that today Peter Roberts (pictured), principal of Leeds City College, has been unanimously elected as chair of the 157 Group. Mr Roberts takes over...
Skills Commission search for a ‘Google College’ future
A group of cross-party MPs and leading figures from the further education sector have called on multinational companies and colleges to join forces  to help “awaken” the “sleeping giant” of...
College principal appointed as AoC deputy chief executive
A new deputy chief executive has been appointed to the Association of Colleges (AoC). Gill Clipson, principal of Amersham and Wycombe College, will replace Lesley Davies who left...
Signs of survival for the Skills Funding Agency
Business Secretary Vince Cable has rejected proposals that would call time on the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). This comes despite the former Tory deputy Prime Minister, Lord Heseltine,...
‘Crazy’ early deadline for ILR returns
College data staff have reacted angrily to a consultation that will consider if 2012/13 Individual Learner Records (ILR) should be returned seven weeks earlier than planned. The Information...
No new money for funding rate rise
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has told FE Week that despite more than doubling the funding rates for functional skills qualifications in English and maths when delivered in...
Apprenticeship tax breaks welcomed
Business leaders and union bosses have united behind an “all-or-nothing” review of apprenticeships that has called for workplace tax breaks. Doug Richard’s review of apprenticeships was published on...