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Warning over Heseltine’s single funding pot for LEPs
Lord Heseltine’s proposal to hand-over the entire skills budget to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) could become a reality with the government having launched informal discussions. The Association of...
Sector in tribute to outgoing chief
The retiring head of further education and skills investment at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has told how simply helping learners has been among the highlights...
The AELP calls for funding change
Independent learning providers are calling for an end to a dual funding system that sees them denied overpayments while colleges get to keep cash despite underdelivering on education....
Apprenticeships 16-18 fall hits finances
Providers underdelivered on 16 to 18 apprenticeships by more than £61m last year, newly-released Skills Funding Agency figures have revealed. The agency’s final allocation for under 19 apprentices...
Provider goes under following ‘clawbacks’
A Liverpool-based provider that trained around 700 learners has gone into administration, putting 70 jobs at risk. Scientiam appointed administrators from Mazars LLP on Monday, February 4. It...
Survey exposes SFA staff ‘frustration at cuts’
Just one-in-three staff at the Skills Funding Agency believes change is managed well within the organisation, its own survey has discovered. The 2012 people’s survey, completed by 1,114...
SFA demands subcontractor deals go online
Tough new rules forcing prime contractors to go public with information on their deals with providers are to be introduced by the Skills Funding Agency. See paragraphs 342...
Merger plan investigated by BIS
The proposed merger of two colleges is being investigated over concerns they may not have followed correct procedure, FE Week can reveal. A six-week formal consultation on the...
Alarm as under-19 apprenticeship figures fall
The number of under 19 apprenticeships has fallen for the first time in three years — and figures indicate the slide could get worse. The latest Statistical First...
Sackings protest hits college open day
A Union said up to 100 members protested during a Midland college’s open day as a “last resort” over the sacking of four lecturers. University and College Union...
London colleges’ decline
A London college that admitted success rates could have been exaggerated by up to 10 per cent two years ago has been hit with an Ofsted grade fall....