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Professional footballers found guilty of £5m apprenticeship subcontracting fraud
Two former professional footballers and two other men have been found guilty of scamming colleges out of £5 million in apprenticeship funding, through a con which involved “ghost”...
FE and social justice: Top six education committee chair recommendations
Robert Halfon is set to give the keynote address on the theme of social justice and skills at an event run by the Centre of Social Justice, the...
College still allowed to provide apprenticeships despite 'inadequate' Ofsted
A college rated ‘inadequate’ for its apprenticeship provision more than seven months ago was given special dispensation to remain on the register of apprenticeship training providers. St Helens...
IfA approves quality assurer that is scheduled to close
A company approved to provide external quality assurance for digital apprenticeships will fold in September, in a situation described as an “unworkable short-term solution”. The Institute for Apprenticeships...
Qualifications WILL be allowed for apprenticeships
Strict rules that apprenticeships cannot involve qualifications are set to be overturned next week, FE Week understands, potentially unsticking a series of standards held up for years by...
Colleges ditch 14-16 provision to save their reputation
Two huge colleges are walking away from their 14-to-16 provision because the government’s new progress measures are too “onerous” and damaging to their reputation, FE Week can reveal....
Ofsted watch: Top grade for independent learning provider
An independent learning provider has boosted its grade to ‘outstanding’ – reversing a trend that has seen a number of providers lose the top accolade in recent weeks....
Enforcement measures proposed to keep kids in education until 18
Enforcement measures should be introduced to make sure that 16-to-18-year-olds participate in education and training, a leading sector figure has said. The controversial proposal, which would see parents...
Revealed: Gove was forced to create UTCs
As education secretary, Michael Gove was “forced” to create university technology colleges by George Osborne and David Cameron, a former senior minister has revealed. David Laws, a Liberal...
Carillion update: £1.4m apprentice rescue package
Cash incentives of £1,000 are being offered to every employer who takes on apprentices caught up in the collapse of Carillion. The payments have been sourced by the...
Nearly £25m in non-levy cash went to new providers
Around £25 million was given to providers entering the apprenticeship market for the first time in the controversial non-levy tender, Anne Milton has revealed. In her first monthly...