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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...
Ofsted accused of moving goalposts
Ofsted has been accused of “moving the goalposts” for colleges following a damning annual report that pointed to a threefold increase in the number of colleges judged inadequate....
Work Programme needs to focus on the right skills
A leading adult learning charity has said a £435 million government programme introduced 18 months ago to get the long-term unemployed back into work has failed to train...
Government urged to ‘shine spotlight’ on further education, says Ofsted annual report
The government has been urged to “shine a spotlight” on the further education sector following a damning Ofsted annual report that has pointed to a threefold increase in...
Richard puts tax credits at heart of apprenticeship review
An “all-or-nothing” review of apprenticeships has called for employer tax breaks in a bid to make them more attractive to businesses. Click here to download the review. Former...
Looking forward to the Richard Review
David Way is interviewed by Chris Henwood in the mobile newsroom on the top floor of the Hyatt Birmingham Employers should be given greater ownership of the apprenticeship...