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More progress is needed to create the ‘parity of esteem’ between vocational and academic learning #FullyFunctional

Fund Functional Skills to reduce student stress: Why a level playing field should exist for English and Maths

Post-16 Education and Apprenticeship Levy Funding – Next steps for English Devolution

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning are proud to launch a new paper, ‘Post-16 Education and Apprenticeship Levy Funding: next steps for English devolution’ - a volume of expert pieces that consider the future of the post-16 education and training budget from a devolution perspective

The Post-18 Review of Education and Funding: A review of a lifetime

Campaign for Learning (CFL) and NCFE are releasing a new paper today (10 Dec) on 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime', a new paper with contributions by six leading thinkers and commentators on post-18 education and skills.

Functional Skills are changing, and NCFE is ahead of the game.

At NCFE we’re passionate about the importance of Functional Skills being widely recognised and appreciated as high quality, robust qualifications and we are continually working to improve our offer for both learners and centres delivering our qualifications. We welcome the ongoing Functional Skills Reform and are doing all we can as an active member of the Functional Skills Working Group to ensure that learners are at the core of any changes made.

Investing and upskilling staff is huge benefit to workforce, learners and customers.

Having eagerly awaited the latest version of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding rules, we were pleased to see that the rules remain largely unchanged. There appears to be some minor amendments, rather than significant wholesale changes and this is absolutely the right decision, for a number of reasons.

NCFE and Isle of Wight Council develop range of carnival courses.

Carnival fever has hit the Isle of Wight following the implementation of a new range of qualifications aimed at adult and community learning.

NCFE collaborates with eLearning For You to recognise quality provision in the care sector

NCFE and eLearning For You are delighted to announce their collaborative working relationship on the accreditation and endorsement of eLearning For You training courses that will benefit the growing care sector.

NCFE celebrates placement in Top 50 Companies for Customer Service for third year

National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, has been named as one of the Top 50 Companies for Customer Service in the UK for the third consecutive year.

NCFE announces acquisition of ForSkills

National awarding organisation, NCFE, has announced its acquisition of ForSkills, an e-learning business that provides diagnostic assessments and learning resources for Functional Skills qualifications to organisations across the UK.

Young People Banking on Qualification

The current economic downturn has encouraged more young people to learn about the importance of money management, says national qualification provider NCFE. The number of students studying NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Personal Money Management has rocketed, with a 32 per cent increase in the last year and a 50 per cent rise since the qualification was launched in 2007. Recent surveys showed that student debt has now reached record levels with graduates now owing more than £21,500 by the time they leave university, while a report last week suggested that half of new students would be forced to rely on financial help from their parents.

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