• Glacial progress exposed for colleges’ apprentice delivery

    Colleges deliver just one in five apprenticeships last year, meaning virtually no progress has been made in the 18 months since they were told to get more involved by the minister at the time. This figure, based on FE Week analysis of data obtained by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers through a freedom

    0.01 May. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Breaking: AoC manifesto calls for employer levy funding restrictions

    The Association of Colleges’ manifesto has called for new levy funding restrictions on employers. The document was unveiled this afternoon by the AoC, led by chief executive David Hughes (pictured). Of key interest is the commitment to “reduce the proportion of the levy available to employers to 75 per cent”. It added the “available resources”

    16.53 May. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Decision to retain forced maths and English GCSE resits ‘extremely’ disappointing

    A government move to continue insisting on widespread GCSE maths and English resits – through the heavily criticised condition of funding rule – has left sector bosses “extremely disappointed”. All 16 to 18-year-old students with a near-pass (previously grade D, now grade three) GCSE in the subjects have since August 2015 had to continue studying

    12.35 Apr. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Ofsted boss commits to more 'positive and purposeful' approach to FE

    Ofsted’s new chief inspector was vowed to “reset” the relationship between the education watchdog and colleges, in her first speech to the FE sector since taking over from Sir Michael Wilshaw in January. Amanda Spielman struck a more conciliatory tone than her controversial predecessor at the AoC Ofsted conference this morning in London. But while

    10.29 Mar. 17th, 2017 | News

  • College governors brand SFA's new apprenticeship contracts 'ludicrous'

    College governors have branded the SFA’s new apprenticeship contractual arrangements “ludicrous” during a heated discussion at the AoC’s Governance Summit. There is due to be a shift from contracts between the SFA and colleges to legal agreements between colleges and employers – which will amount to “a commercial relationship” with employers – according to Keith

    11.00 Mar. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • AoC: Membership fees overhaul consultation to avoid £1 million overspend

    A consultation on the future of the Association of Colleges has set out plans for an overhaul of membership fees, to help prevent a £1 million overspend on its 2017/18 budget. The document was unveiled this morning as AoC chief executive David Hughes admitted to FE Week that it needs to reform to balance the books –

    11.30 Feb. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Scammers target colleges during AoC conference

    FE colleges have been targeted by a spate of attempted frauds in the past few weeks – including several attempting to capitalise on the fact principals were attending the recent Association of Colleges’ annual conference. Finance officials at four FE colleges have all received emails purporting to be from their bosses, and asking for transfers

    16.00 Nov. 25th, 2016 | News

  • FE Week's annual charity auction raises a whopping £14,000

    A last-minute donation from the new FE commissioner pushed the total money raised at the FE Week 2016 annual charity auction past £14,000 – breaking the previous record.  Richard Atkins made the generous donation of £120 at the end of the event on the first evening (November 15) of the Association of Colleges conference in

    14.00 Nov. 19th, 2016 | News

  • Lord Sainsbury criticised over 'retail assistant' comments

    Lord Sainsbury has been branded an “elitist” after he claimed in a speech to the Association of Colleges’ annual conference that certain jobs, such as retail assistant, should not be counted as technical education. His comments prompted Mark Dawe (pictured), the boss of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, to hit out at him

    15.30 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Richard Atkins: The FE sector 'is doing pretty well'

    The FE sector is not doomed, the new commissioner has insisted during upbeat speech dismissing claims that it was “failing”. In his first major address to sector leaders since he took over from Sir David Collins in October, Richard Atkins told a packed reception for governors’ at the Association of Colleges annual conference that “the

    16.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Ministers need to fund technical education, says Lord Sainsbury

    Ministers need to take a more realistic view of the cost of high-quality technical education and increase funding to it accordingly, Lord Sainsbury has said, as the government begins to implement his recommendations for a slimmed down system. His influential report on technical education has heavily informed the government’s new skills plan, which will see

    15.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News