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We urgently need a long-term funding strategy for FE

Further education has an important role supporting the economy, says Chris Todd, but the government sees it as an easy target for funding cuts “16–18 education has been a big loser from education spending changes over the last 25 years”. This was a stark, and hugely worrying, headline from the recent annual report on education

Damning Ofsted visit finds huge employer provider forced staff onto apprenticeships

A large employer provider in the security sector has stopped recruiting new apprentices after a damning Ofsted early monitoring visit found they were forcing workers onto apprenticeships. Securitas UK had a heavily critical inspection report published this morning which said the company was making ‘insufficient progress’ in two of the three themes judged. The provider

Ofsted DOES soften 3 year full inspection rule – after sector backlash

Poorly performing new apprenticeship providers will now only be left in no new business limbo for up to a year – not three, as Ofsted had previously said. The U-turn was confirmed today by Paul Joyce (pictured above), the education watchdog’s deputy director for FE and skills. “Where providers are judged to be making insufficient

3aaa forced to stop recruiting new apprentices following ESFA investigation

Apprenticeship heavyweight Aspire Achieve Advance has been blocked by the government from taking on any new apprentices, FE Week can reveal. The dramatic decision has been taken at a time of crisis for the provider, more commonly known as 3aaa, which is dealing with the resignations of their co-founders during an ongoing Education and Skills