• Just 7% of college principals are from a BAME background

    The number of colleges led by a non-white principal has fallen to a low of 7 per cent, new FE Week analysis has revealed. A number of initiatives to encourage and support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leadership have stalled in recent years and now three of the nine regions in England have no

    9.30 Jul. 12th, 2019 | News

  • How Greater Manchester plans to boost BAME apprenticeships

    The city-region is front and centre in the government’s new plan to boost BAME participation in skills, writes Cllr Sean Anstee Greater Manchester has a long and proud history of striving for fairness, equality and inclusion – and in the past month we’ve been reminded of the important role that various great Mancunians played in

    5.00 Feb. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Metro mayors commit to growing BAME apprenticeships

    Five city mayors have committed to increasing the number of apprentices from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. The ‘Five cities project’, launched by the Department for Education, will see the National Apprenticeship Service work with the mayors of Greater Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leicester to improve apprenticeship diversity in their areas. The cities’ respective

    0.01 Feb. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Hitting the targets, missing the point

    While apprenticeship starts have risen for ethnic minorities and those with learning difficulties, much of their progress has been through reduced opportunities for others, laments Fiona Aldridge Last week’s figures showing a decline in the number of apprenticeship starts continue to make headlines, both in and beyond the sector. Average monthly starts are currently 17

    5.00 Dec. 4th, 2017 | Opinion

  • The DfE’s blanket BAME strategy is cloth-eared

    The government’s strategy to increase BAME participation in further and higher education ignores important differences between ethnic groups, argues Safaraz Ali It is critical for all of us in the post-16 education sector to take action to widen BAME participation in apprenticeships across England, but it is only by recognising missed opportunities that we can

    5.00 Nov. 3rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Why doesn’t FE Week have more diverse representation?

    Apparently, 55% of senior leaders in FE are women. I don’t believe it. A large part of my job is to find interesting voices in the sector who want to express an opinion, challenge the status quo, or simply join in the wider debate. Yet I would estimate that 80-90% of the emails I receive

    15.00 Jul. 20th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ethnic minority target for apprenticeship diversity group

    The government launched the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network this week. One of its key aims will be to increase the proportion of apprentices from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities by 20 per cent. FE Week’s Alix Robertson went along to the opening event to find out more. A new employers’ network designed to promote

    10.00 Feb. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Anthony Bravo, principal, Basingstoke College of Technology

    The first thing that greets visitors to Anthony Bravo’s office is a glass case con­taining a boxing glove signed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali. It suggests that Bravo is not what one might consider a ‘normal’ college leader. The principal of Basingstoke College of Tech­nology is certainly a colourful figure within the FE sector. It’s

    10.01 Nov. 22nd, 2013 | Profiles