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Somerset provider reopens courses after major AEB increase – but it's still £1m short
A large community learning provider in Somerset has reopened courses today after the government granted it substantial extra emergency funding, but warned that it has no “long-term solution”....
Greening announces 27 new degree apprenticeship projects, but no new money
UPDATE: HEFCE has now announced details of the 27 projects on its website.  We’ve alerted the DfE ———————————————————————————————————— Justine Greening has announced 27 new degree apprenticeship projects, but the...
DfE confirms HE fee policy change WILL apply to FE loans
The government’s proposed rise in the repayment threshold for student loans will apply to FE loans, it has been confirmed. At the Conservative Party conference this weekend, Theresa...
ESFA finds additional AEB funding in effort to solve tender chaos
The ESFA has confirmed it has found additional adult education budget funding and sent out letters to relevant independent training providers with their increased allocations, as revealed by...
Revealed: £200m adult education budget underspend
FE providers failed to spend a giant chunk of the adult education budget over the past academic year. A staggering £200 million remains unspent, which will raise eyebrows...
Editor asks: Can mega colleges ever be too big to fail?
With colleges across the country pressured into mega-mergers and the government dishing out special treatment to the ailing FE goliath Learndirect, FE Week editor Nick Linford asks Ofsted’s...
DfE to announce solution to AEB tender chaos later today
UPDATE: An hour after publishing this article the ESFA sent out electronic letters confirming the additional AEB funding (click here for details) ———————————————————————————————————— The ESFA has begun telling...
Review of apprentice provider list planned
The government is already planning to review its register of apprenticeship training providers, but not until the new window for applications has closed. The ESFA offered training providers...
First4Skills: what happened after its disastrous collapse?
The apprenticeships giant First4Skills went bust in March after its skills funding was pulled due to an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. Around 200 staff lost their jobs, while around...
Details of new T-level tendering timeline revealed
The Department for Education is moving forward with a detailed new timetable for the implementation of T-levels, FE Week understands. A fresh schedule was laid out during a...
Learndirect Apprenticeships tries to avoid the past with major rebrand
A firm set up by Learndirect as a separate entity to run its apprenticeships division has begun a significant rebrand as it looks to distance itself from the...