In brief

24th April 2009 at 01:00

Appeal over e2e funds

The Association of Learning Providers has written to Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, about the threat to funding for Entry to Education programmes. Graham Hoyle, the chief executive, has asked Mr Balls to look into the matter urgently and suggested the reported current underspend in apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds, resulting from a drop-off in employer demand, should be used for responding to the increased demand for e2e.

Performance U-turn

Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough has been rated satisfactory, 15 months after Ofsted inspectors judged it to be failing.

The college has raised its success rates by 17 per cent over the past two years. However, they remain at or below the national average.

Carole Kitching, the interim principal, said: "Such a turnaround in such a short time is a remarkable achievement. We have focused on improving teaching and learning, encouraging greater numbers of students to complete their courses, and greater numbers to achieve their chosen qualifications."

Workplace support

Trade unions have proved their worth in supporting lifelong learning after reaching their target to train thousands of union learning representatives 15 months ahead of schedule. The achievement by Unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, takes the total of workplace union learning representatives - who help colleagues access courses, such as basic skills and professional development - to over 22,000.

Building a reputation

South Birmingham College's construction division has been awarded the Training Quality Standard by the Learning and Skills Council. Naz Khan, the assistant principal for curriculum, said the key to success was investing time with clients and understanding their needs to help develop bespoke training solutions.

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