Tag Archive: FE

Pocket Watch – FE looks to the future

College noticeboard

To download the PDF please click here 2014/26 Introduction It’s been another busy first quarter of the year for the FE sector and the Minister’s recent ‘end of term’ letter to College Governors highlights some important areas of activity. The overall thrust remains the rigour and responsiveness agenda launched by the Government a year ago…

Pocket Watch – FE’s funding settlement for 2014/15

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To download the PDF please click here 2014/10 Introduction The latest Funding Statement for FE published this week comes as the Government continues to try and weld the skills system around employers and the BIS Dept grapples with an ever shrinking budget. Both themes run powerfully through this latest Statement and provide a difficult context…

Pocket Watch – What’s in store for the FE sector in 2014?

New College Building

To download the PDF please click here 2014/2 Introduction 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the FE sector. Institutional structures are once again under the spotlight with the Government keen to see colleges develop as social enterprises and Labour as licensed Institutes of Technical Education. Both Parties are also keen to…

Pocket Watch – Labour’s plans for FE

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/80 Introduction This week Labour’s Skills Taskforce published the second of three promised reports on vocational education and training, this time on the FE sector. Timed to coincide with the annual gathering of providers at the AoC conference, the report resurrects the model of Centres of Vocational Excellence…

Pocket Watch – The FE Guild moves ever nearer

HE

To download the PDF please click here 2013/31 Introduction Conceived by John Hayes, blessed by Lord Lingfield and moulded into shape by a number of lead partners in the sector, the FE Guild moved a significant step nearer recently with the launch of an Implementation Plan covering the next few months. Things have moved pretty…

Pocket Watch – The changing face of FE

University Campus

To download the PDF please click here 2013/29 Introduction There’s a lot on FE plates at present, you only have to look at the latest funding letter to the Skills Funding Agency issued a couple of weeks ago to see that. Traineeships, loans, local skills arrangements, quality standards and review, integration of the National Apprenticeship…

Pocket Watch: FE reform programme moves up a gear

Apprentice Student

To download the PDF please click here 2013/24 Introduction Carrot or stick? There’s an element of both in the latest announcements for FE launched this week as part of yet another skills plan. Carrot in the sense that additional money has been announced for the sector although this is largely capital rather than resource funding…

Pocket Watch – What does 2013 hold for FE?

FE College

To download the PDF please click here 2013/2 Introduction FE ended 2012 very much in the spotlight as the Government sought to raise the skill levels needed for economic growth so what might 2013 bring? With responses on Lord Heseltine’s seminal industrial strategy and Doug Richard’s report on apprenticeships due in the spring, the obvious…

Pocket Watch: Setting the dials for FE

Introduction It’s not often that the FE sector gets the sort of high billing in a budgetary statement that it had in the recent Autumn Statement but that, coupled with an updated investment strategy, an invitation to extend its client base to 14 year olds, a new vision for apprenticeships, let alone a new industrial…

Pocket Watch – 10 headline announcements for the FE sector

New College Building

To download the report please click here Introduction “We’ve not been dealt an easy hand of plenty,” the Skills Minister conceded when he came to address the gathering of the FE world at the annual AoC Conference for the first time this week, though announcing more money for English and maths and for the college…