• Could private training provider cash-in after college sell-off?

    A national training provider could step-in to become the only education provider in Stourbridge, after the area’s FE college is sold-off. Skills Training UK, which currently trains more than 2,000 learners across London, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Brighton, said it would launch the new the centre for 16-18-year-olds “subject to demand”. Cash-strapped Birmingham Metropolitan College

    16.25 Jun. 27th, 2019 | News

  • Speedy Ofsted criticism of provider just months after multi-million pound purchase

    A new provider that was allowed to recruit over 1,000 apprentices before being inspected has been found making ‘insufficient progress’ by Ofsted in a monitoring visit.  Prospects Training International Limited trades as Geason Training and was acquired by Speedy, one of the UK’s leading tool hire services company, in a deal worth up to £26

    14.54 Jun. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Dozens made redundant as ‘good’ apprenticeship provider goes bust

    A training provider has gone bust after being “hit hard” by the government’s apprenticeship reforms, putting nearly 40 staff out of work. FNTC Training and Consulting Limited, a provider rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and based in Southampton, was forced to close after suffering from losses of over £200,000 last year and ongoing losses this year.

    13.11 Jun. 4th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Two providers straight in with ‘good’ in uneventful week for FE

    One specialist college and a private provider received a grade two rating in their first ever Ofsted inspections, in what was otherwise an average week in the FE sector. The only critical report came in for an NHS trust, after inspectors found it was making ‘insufficient progress’ in an early monitoring visit of its apprenticeship

    15.42 May. 10th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: 8 out of 10 providers celebrate positive reports

    It has been a very successful week for FE providers, with eight out of the 10 reports published by Ofsted showcasing great strides in their provision. The most glowing report came in for First Intuition Cambridge Limited, a private provider which was found making ‘significant progress’ in all themes judged during an early monitoring visit

    15.49 Apr. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: UTC jumps from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’

    A university technical college was celebrating this week after it climbed its way up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, while six other providers also secured grade two ratings. But the week wasn’t without its lows, as one provider dropped to ‘inadequate’, three received ‘insufficient’ ratings in early monitoring reports, and another fell from grade one to

    16.55 Apr. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Government secretly grading all colleges and training providers

    UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that there were inaccuracies in the full PAT list previously published, which FE Week downloaded from the DFE website. Whilst we investigate we have removed the link to this data. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The data was sent to the DfE in advance of publishing

    22.35 Apr. 20th, 2017 | News

  • #SaveOurAdultEducation call for loans justice is raised in House of Lords

    Leading government skills adviser Professor Alison Wolf has added her voice to calls, through FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign, for justice for learners saddled with large loans when training providers go under. The author of the influential 2011 Wolf Report, on the future of vocational education, spoke out in the House of Lords yesterday. This came

    13.56 Feb. 28th, 2017 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Poor start to the year for FE colleges

    No college inspection report to have been published by the education watchdog since the beginning of the year has resulted in a higher grade. It’s part of a general downward trend across the general FE, independent learning provider and adult and community learning sectors at the start of 2017. Ten of the 15 Ofsted reports

    17.19 Jan. 13th, 2017 | News

  • New destination data for unemployed learners

    The colleges that are most successful at helping unemployed learners move into work have been named, in the latest learner destination data. The new experimental data on outcome based success measures for adult FE learners from 2012 to 2014, published by the Department for Education, details the proportion of sector learners that have moved onto

    10.39 Nov. 11th, 2016 | News