FE News & Comment

  • Apprenticeship start figures show just how far reality has strayed from policy as the latest government stats reveal falls of 23% in 16-18 starts and 51% in level 2.
  • The government plans to raise the status and, popularity of level 4 and 5 qualifications which include foundation degrees, CertHEs and DipHEs...
  • Leaders of all England’s 203 general FE colleges have called on the government to adopt the recommendations of the recent post-18 Augur Review.
  • Next January could see the launch of a fresh government programme preparing young people aged 16-25 for work, particularly those leaving school with few or no qualifications.
  • Online levy access close for small employers, Mass university attendance undermines vocational routes, Four OBEs for college leaders in birthday honours
  • Calls for far more generous FE student funding arrangements have been made in a much delayed report on post-18 education and funding commissioned by the prime minister and published last week
  • Criticism of 'level 8' PhD apprenticeships by certain voices in the FE sector has been rebuffed by the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC).
  • Latest news in further education with an in depth look at low sports participation levels and continuing FE funding campaigns.
  • More women apply for Stem jobs advertised in ‘neutral’ language
  • Despite the FE sector’s exhaustive efforts over the past few years to lobby the government to raise some rock-bottom funding levels, it took an Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) report last summer to start making politicians and others fully wake up outside the sector to the trials of underfundin...
  • Rights of reply strengthened for staff under fire Minister asked to halt prison education cuts Higher Stem qualifications attract high salaries at age 30
  • Latest FE News: Lobby MPs in AoC’s May week of action, SMEs fight corner on apprenticeship funding and Skills Index shows added value fall in FE and skills 
  • Free ESOL courses for Londoners coming soon T-level teacher training hubs to open this month College staff forced to resort to food banks Free training for the digitally illiterate
  • The Department for Education has confirmed it will pay for the cost of increased pension contributions for colleges
  • The latest FE News: Tenth university technical college to close, Non-degree Stem qualifications can earn you more than degrees
  • Rules get tougher on college insolvency College of the future? FE role in reducing knife attacks Leeds manufacturers to throw doors open 
  • The latest FE News this week: Apprenticeship body issues assessment ‘strategy’ Government to review funding for ‘poor quality’ post-16 qualifications  
  • FE News this week: Hammond halves apprenticeship training fee from April, Chaos reigns in functional skills 
  • New apprenticeship rules to avoid ‘repeat’ training Decimated adult education ‘needs your help’ Apprenticeship slow-down: Audit Office verdict Low earners’ funding trial gets second year Easier way for HE students to vote
  • League tables to rank ‘best apprenticeship’ employer Scotland launches apprentice network for schools