• College starved of cash shuts award winning training restaurant

    A college has been forced to shut the doors of its prestigious restaurant, blaming years of government cuts to further education funding. Lancashire-based Runshaw College announced today its award-winning Foxholes Restaurant in Leyland is to close after running for more than 30 years. The restaurant functioned as a training centre for future chefs and catering

    17.35 Jun. 13th, 2019 | News

  • Treasury took back over £300m despite small employers being turned away

    The government has for the first time admitted the vast majority of the £400 million underspend from the Department for Education’s apprenticeship budget was taken back by the Treasury. In an interview with FE Week editor Nick Linford, the skills minister Anne Milton was asked how much cash the Treasury clawed back in the financial

    10.20 Apr. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: The 34 colleges with £270m of government loans and bailouts last year

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has revealed the colleges with millions in government loans and bailouts. According to documents released by the ESFA and analysed by FE Week, a total of 34 colleges across the country received £270 million in Exceptional Financial Support and Restructuring Funding loans and grants by July 2018. This

    17.27 Apr. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Scrap funding rule that stops providers from transferring their unspent levy, says UEL

    A university has called for the scrapping of an apprenticeship funding rule that stops them from using unspent levy funds to support local businesses. The University of East London delivers apprenticeships to large employers, but after missing out on a non-levy allocation they have to turn small employers away. One solution would be to share

    12.00 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Colleges will put learners on inappropriate courses without funding increase, warns Ofsted boss

    Colleges are likely to increase the amount of courses that “attract the most learners” but which don’t offer “real long-term life prospects” if funding isn’t increased, Ofsted chief inspector has warned. Amanda Spielman appeared before MPs on the public accounts committee this afternoon, during which she was asked about the impact of cuts of the

    18.13 Jan. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • Fully fund level 3 to 5 training in ‘skills shortage areas’, AoC proposes

    The adult education budget should be used to fully fund training at levels three to five in skills shortage areas once the UK has left the EU, the Association of Colleges has urged. It’s one of a number of recommendations put forward in a new report, ‘Developing a Four Nations Colleges Blueprint for a post-Brexit

    0.01 Jan. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Let’s spend more cash on SEND learners and less on admin

    Some of the funding that used to be spent on support for learning disabilities now goes on administration. Students would benefit if the money went direct to providers, says Graham Razey Throughout the 25 years I’ve worked in further education, there have been a number of clichéd expressions thrown about. From Cinderella service to cash-strapped,

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Can national colleges overcome their recruitment and funding challenges?

    Clair Mowbray explains how the first incorporated college to open in 30 years is responding to its funding and recruitment challenges In last week’s edition of FE Week, national colleges were placed under the spotlight with regard to the challenges they have faced recently around their funding and learner recruitment. It has been just over

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Thousands march on parliament to protest for fair college funding

    Thousands of learners, staff and leaders marched on parliament today in “the most amazing show by colleges ever” to demand fairer funding, as the centrepiece of Colleges Week. The march for FE, organised by the University and College Union in partnership with the Association of Colleges, was followed by a packed rally in Parliament Square

    18.07 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Colleges to march on parliament in funding protest

    Up to 3,000 people are expected to march on parliament on Wednesday to demand more funding for colleges. The march for FE, organised by the University and College Union in partnership with the National Union of Students and the Association of Colleges, is the main event taking place during Colleges Week, from October 15 to

    11.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Colleges Week should be a celebration with three messages for the chancellor

    Having spent more than seven happy years working for a large college in South East London I have seen first-hand the vital role they play in the education ecosystem. So the Association of Colleges is to be applauded for rallying the further education sector at short notice to celebrate the work of colleges. It was

    11.03 Oct. 12th, 2018 | Opinion