• Learn from recent history to avert apprenticeship disaster

    Government figures have revealed a dramatic 61-per-cent drop in apprenticeship starts between May and July, compared with the same period last year, following the levy launch. As the sector waits to see if this forces a major rethink, FE Week’s deputy editor Paul Offord looks back to another apprenticeship policy catastrophe that sparked a quick U-turn.

    16.25 Oct. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Cable backs lifelong learning accounts at Lib Dems conference

    The Liberal Democrat leader has backed the creation of lifelong learning accounts in his party conference speech today. Sir Vince Cable, who published a report with the National Union of Students on how to improve learner experience in post-16 education, explained to delegates in Bournemouth how he would like to help more people retrain or

    14.10 Sep. 19th, 2017 | News

  • What do the people behind the privatisation of Learndirect think now?

    Former publicly-owned FE giant Learndirect recently lost a High Court battle to quash an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted, which could prove devastating for its very existence. FE Week has spoken to major players in its 2011 privatisation, including Vince Cable, who was ultimately responsible for a sale considered by Labour, before Ofsted’s full report is

    18.33 Aug. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Cable delighted with industrial strategy commitment to adult education

    The former secretary of state for business, innovation and skills has told FE Week he is “delighted” that the government’s industrial strategy green paper places a serious focus on improving adult education, in an exclusive interview. The new document out on January 23 acknowledged a “growing challenge” with training for older people. It committed to

    19.20 Jan. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Student focus for Sir Vince Cable's FE comeback

    An FE comeback for Sir Vince Cable will see him lead a new research project for the National Union of Students into how major reforms coming for the sector should be tailored for learners. The former business secretary, who told Liberal Democrats’ conference delegates two years ago that he was responsible for blocking moves in

    15.00 Nov. 2nd, 2016 | News