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Senior leaders concerned about college finances
A survey has revealed a high proportion of senior leaders are concerned about the college finances. Conducted by Capita’s further and higher education business last month, it found...
VAT exemption for shared services
The government has announced plans to make colleges and charities exempt from paying VAT when they share services. It has been heralded as “unusual good news” for colleges...
Sale continues as jobs are cut at LSN
A charity forced into administration by a crippling pension liability and decreasing income has been forced to cut jobs. Global financial experts PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have revealed to FE...
BIS respond to their FE and skills consultation
They have been in the pipeline for several months, but last week the government confirmed a raft of new further education (FE) reforms. Key policies including the introduction...
Criticism over competition
Skills Funding Agency could take funding away from providers who try to poach employers Providers could miss out on vital apprenticeship funding if they are found to be...
Cable announces 19,000 new higher apprenticeships
More than half a dozen further education (FE) colleges will benefit from government funding for 19,000 new higher apprenticeships. The successful bids, unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable...
Autumn Statement: Osborne confirms plans to tackle youth unemployment
Chancellor George Osborne confirmed a number of policies designed to put tackle youth unemployment during his Autumn Statement yesterday. Mr Osborne emphasised a Youth Contract worth over £940...
£1b to tackle youth unemployment
A £1 billion package has been announced to tackle youth unemployment, as the number of 16-24 year-olds out of work, education and training reaches a record high. Deputy...
FE Week investigates: The great SFA giveaway
We take an in-depth look at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and five of its latest moves and policy decisions, including redundancy packages for hundreds of jobs, money offered...
Anxiety over government funding tools
Government further education (FE) funding software is “not functional” and there are “serious problems across all government agencies related to data”, according to the College Management Information Systems...
AoC reveals 14 per cent Level 1 learner drop
Colleges have revealed a 14 per cent drop in Level 1 learners, new figures from the Association of Colleges (AoC) have revealed. Although the AoC’s data arrives from only a...