• Repayments deferred to next April for loans scandal victims

    Debt repayments from hundreds of victims of an FE loans scandal have been deferred for another 12 months. FE Week has been coordinating a campaign to have the advanced learning loan debt written off for blameless former learners whose training providers folded unexpectedly and who have been unable to finish their courses – often leaving

    16.38 Apr. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Pressure mounts on Student Loans Company over learner loan scandal

    The Student Loans Company is feeling the strain of an FE loans scandal that has left hundreds of learners with huge debts and no qualifications, as their repayments reprieve draws to a close. FE Week has been campaigning for the past year to have debts from advanced learning loans written off for the blameless former

    12.00 Feb. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Two thirds of loan-funded learners from collapsed providers still lack alternative provision

    Over two thirds of learners from providers that have collapsed – leaving them with huge loan debt but no qualifications – have still not been moved onto alternative courses. The situation has become so dire that Robert Halfon (pictured right), the new chair of the Commons education select committee, is now backing FE Week’s campaign

    10.00 Sep. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Are the party pledges for FE meaningless?

    Both Labour and the Lib Dems have made some pre-manifesto pledges on further education, but these should all be taken with a pinch of salt, says Gemma Gathercole The opening salvos of the election campaign have been fired and now we’re getting to the good stuff – well, at least for policy geeks like me.

    5.00 May. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • A first step to loans justice for learners in the lurch

    Learners left with huge loan debts and no qualifications when their providers went bust have had their repayments deferred for a year in a partial victory for FE Week’s campaign for loan justice. We have been demanding government action on the issue since January, when we discovered hundreds of learners were on the hook for

    17.00 Apr. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Whole FE sector backs #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign

    A who’s who of major FE organisations have thrown their support behind FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign. Big names on the list include the Association of Colleges, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, Learning and Work Institute, and HOLEX. The Labour party also added its backing, while the leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron

    8.00 Mar. 27th, 2017 | News

  • #SaveOurAdultEducation: Senior peer tries to protect future learners over loan debts

    A senior peer who has thrown his support behind FE Week’s campaign to #SaveOurAdultEducation, has tabled an amendment to protect future learners from being left with huge loan debt but no qualifications. The proposed amendment, tabled by Liberal Democrat House of Lords education spokesperson Lord Storey, is for the Technical and Further Education Bill being

    17.24 Mar. 21st, 2017 | News

  • Government considers legislation change to protect learners with loans when providers go bust

    The government is considering a change in legislation to protect learners left in loans debt after their providers go bust, in a move that would mark an early victory for FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign. We have been demanding justice for hundreds of learners who have recently been left with thousands of pounds of student loans

    10.00 Mar. 11th, 2017 | News

  • The chancellor must back #SaveOurAdultEducation

    Adult education should be a golden thread running through all government strategies – the budget is Philip Hammond’s opportunity to embed it, says Stephen Evans The Learning and Work Institute is pleased to support FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign. Adult education is more important than ever, and we need to turbocharge participation in learning, starting with

    5.00 Mar. 6th, 2017 | Opinion

  • #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

  • FE Week launches #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign

    FE Week is calling on the government to make three key policy changes to #SaveOurAdultEducation as part of a massive new campaign. First of all, we want to introduce FE maintenance grant loans for adult learners, which would make retraining possible for many more older people, by helping cover their living costs while studying, something

    17.00 Feb. 24th, 2017 | News