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Colleges secure more than half of degree student places
More than half of ‘margin’ student places – with tuition fees of less than £7,500 – have been handed to further education (FE) colleges. A total of 20,000...
UKCES publish tender documents for Employer Ownership of Skills pilot
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has released the application forms and guidance document for the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot. The tender documents, released last...
UCU head Sally Hunt speaks to FE Week after landslide re-election
The general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) is pledging to put more resources on the frontline after securing a landslide re-election. Sally Hunt retained the...
Mayor candidate pledges London EMA
Following the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, Labour candidate Ken Livingstone pledges to restore London-wide £30-per-week allowance if he is elected as Mayor in May. But he...
Funding future faces further formulation
Implementation of a new streamlined and simplified funding system for adult skills that had already been delayed until 2013/14 has suffered a further setback, following a rethink on...
Minister presents update on apprenticeship quality
The skills minister John Hayes has told partliament that the review into short duration apprenticeships is due to be finalised by April. A total of 87 providers have...
New college classification cautiously welcomed
Colleges will be coming to terms with their new found freedoms after being released from government control. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), reclassified general further education colleges...
Subcontractors courted by SFA into direct relationship
Subcontractors with a total allocation of more than £1 million are being offered a direct contract by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Businesses were sent a letter by...
Review into short apprenticeship to conclude by April
Reviews into short duration apprenticeships are due to be finalised by April, the Skills Minister John Hayes has revealed. A total of 87 providers have so far been...
Frank McLoughlin to head Commission on adult vocational learning
Frank McLoughlin CBE, the principal of City and Islington College, will chair an independent Commission on adult education and vocational pedagogy. The Commission will have the aim of...
New ‘enquiry panel’ to review poor apprenticeship providers
A new ‘enquiry panel’ has been set up to manage poor quality apprenticeship providers. The panel will report directly to Skills Minister John Hayes, who revealed the news as...