• Bailouts for failing colleges reach £140 million says Halfon

    College bailouts have cost the UK a whopping £140 million, the apprenticeships minister has admitted. Robert Halfon confessed to the House of Commons that by March the government expects to have dropped “a total of about £140 million on propping up colleges facing extreme financial difficulties”. That money, he added during a debate on the

    10.36 Jan. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Let's keep pushing to make TFE bill better

    The end of 2016 will feel like a much bigger occasion than other years. It’s been a relentless rollercoaster of emotions. So much so that I now hesitate before checking my phone when a news alert goes off, wondering what 2016 could possibly throw at us next. I’ve also seen people blaming their own clumsy

    5.00 Dec. 5th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Technical and Further Education Bill second reading in Commons

    The new Technical and Further Education Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons today. It sets out proposals for a new insolvency regime for FE colleges, and includes plans to extend the role of the Institute for Apprenticeships, the new vocational training policing body. According to the Department for Education’s factsheet

    5.00 Nov. 14th, 2016 | News

  • Government is overseeing the managed decline of further education

    Rather than creating a regime that makes it easier for colleges to become insolvent, government should be investing more in further education, says Angela Rayner. More than four million people in Britain are learning in the further education sector every year. The sector plays a crucial role in supporting our young people. Those who are

    5.00 Nov. 14th, 2016 | Opinion

  • We have a once-in-a generation chance to reform FE

    Reforms will inevitably cause upheaval, but the problems with our current system are too pressing to ignore, says Lord Sainsbury. No area of public life has suffered so much from poor government policy-making, constant change and under-funding as technical education. The first report which said that our technical education was not as good as that

    18.00 Nov. 15th, 2016 | Opinion

  • The government must go much further with reforms

    The Technical and Further Education Bill is a good start, but it needs to address structural problems that will hold us back in world trade, says Shane Chowen. In the wake of the vote to leave the EU, the economic aftershocks are beginning to be felt. Economists still forecast a rise in unemployment – albeit

    9.00 Nov. 5th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Insolvency regime plans in new Technical and Further Education Bill

    A new Technical and Further Education Bill published today has set out proposals for a new insolvency regime for FE colleges. The legislation also includes a proposal to extend the role of new vocational training policing body, the Institute for Apprenticeships, to cover technical education. The plan, it confirmed, is now is to call it the Institute

    14.51 Oct. 27th, 2016 | News