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BAE Systems: Apprenticeships safe from mass job losses
Britain’s biggest defence manufacturer has promised that its apprenticeship programme will not be affected by today’s announcement that it is cutting nearly 2,000. BAE Systems, which among other...
College leaders beg Theresa May for more 16-to-19 funding
Principals and chairs from 140 colleges have written to the prime minister begging for more funding for 16- to 19-year-old learners. They want the prime minister to address long-term...
Greening opens National College for High Speed Rail
The new National College for High Speed Rail was officially launched by the education secretary yesterday. The college, which has taken on its first cohort of apprentices, is...
Tender delay with single awarding organisation plan for prisons
Plans by the Ministry of Justice to appoint single awarding organisations for seven areas of study in prisons have been hit with a hold-up to the tender launch....
Ex-learner guilty of rape at college criticised for safeguarding
A former student at a college that Ofsted identified as struggling from “endemic” sexualised behaviour has been found guilty of raping another pupil multiple times on the campus....
T-levels funded work placement plans criticised
New guidance on T-level work placements has been criticised by the Association of Colleges, which fears providers will struggle to fit in the minimum 45 days per learner....
Ofsted watch: A 'good' week for FE as providers maintain grade twos
There was good news across the FE sector last week as both providers with reports published maintained their grade two standards. Birmingham’s Gordon Franks Training was congratulated for...
Lewisham Southwark College’s Cinderella story
Just two years ago, Lewisham Southwark College suffered the dubious honour of being the first FE and skills provider in the UK to receive two grade fours in...
Suffolk provider successfully contests Ofsted grade 4
A private training provider has successfully overturned an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted judgement after a nine-month battle which even saw inspectors forced to go back and reconsider the grade. WS...
Struggling PM pledges to create best ever technical education system
Theresa May spelled out plans to create a first class technical education system for the first time in our nation’s history, in a difficult speech to conference. The...
Team UK all set for WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi
This week, 34 of the UK’s most highly rated young competitors will fly to Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills 2017, where they will compete for global supremacy. The team,...