Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: Fe News

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NUS head of FE aims for top of the union

The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has backed his FE vice-president as a candidate to replace him. If she is successful in the elections, former Cornwall College student Toni Pearce will become the first FE student to undertake the role without having attended university. NUS president Liam Burns said she is an "amazing deputy who would be an amazing president". Ms Pearce, who counts saving the Pounds 41 million Care to Learn grants for student parents among her successes in FE, said in her manifesto: "The transformative power of education can't be boiled down to a fight about fees. We need to start looking at the real barriers to education, and the people we should speak to are those who aren't lucky enough to make it into our membership. Millions of young people never get the opportunity to do an apprenticeship in the same way that millions more never go to uni - and under my leadership, (the) NUS will be there to challenge the barriers we've forgotten about."

Minister backs Ucas role in apprenticeships

Higher education minister David Willetts has pledged to investigate whether university admissions body Ucas could take over the promotion of apprenticeships and matching of applicants to vacancies. This follows a proposal by Lord Adonis, first made at the TES-backed London Festival of Education in November and reiterated in the Financial Times this week. Lord Adonis said the move would improve the public understanding of apprenticeships. "It would help give a rocket boost to youth apprenticeships and enable school-leavers to apply both for university and apprenticeship places in tandem," he said. Mr Willetts told the Financial Times: "This is a great idea. This would provide as clear and straightforward a route into apprenticeships as there is into university. It is just what young people need. …

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