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Capital funding for colleges
Stephanie Mason

24 February 2021

For the first time in years, several colleges within the further education sector have been awarded significant amounts of capital funding. RSM explores the challenges colleges must consider when using these funds.

RSM react to Skills for Jobs White Paper
Stephanie Mason

22 January 2021

RSM's head of further education, Stephanie Mason, comments on Skills for Jobs White Paper.

Support for training providers

13 January 2021

The rules for training providers for apprenticeships have evolved since the introduction of the levy in 2017. Make sure you know what steps you should be taking as a provider – read more here.

Effective apprenticeships: developing skills and plugging the gaps

13 January 2021

Apprenticeships are increasingly an alternative way of recruiting and plugging skills gaps. There are a number of risks and opportunities for both employers and training providers – find out more here.

Supporting employers

13 January 2021

The prospect of setting up an apprenticeship is daunting – so it is key to do it properly. As an organisation develops its apprenticeship programmes they need to ask themselves the right questions and mitigate the risks. Read more about how organisations should be equipping themselves, and the right steps to take.

Post 16 Audit Code of Practice 2019 20
Stephanie Mason

07 August 2020

The ‘Post-16 Audit Code of Practice 2019-20’ (ACOP) has been published in July 2020 and applies from 1 August 2019. It sets out the ‘assurance and accountability requirements for post-16 providers, including sixth-form and further education colleges’.

Academies Financial Handbook: delivering internal scrutiny during and after coronavirus
Stephanie Mason

13 May 2020

Coronavirus lockdown and lack of onsite internal scrunity is putting academies in a tough position in their attempts to gather assurance and information for their summary reports as outlined in the financial handbook.

Practical steps and Government reliefs for the education sector
Stephanie Mason

23 March 2020

We have looked to summarise the practical steps those in the education sector should be looking to take to mitigate the issues caused by coronavirus.

Further education and sixth form college board assurance
Stephanie Mason

22 November 2019

Recent years have been challenging times for many institutions in the further education sector. With these challenges, has come a greater focus on governance and governing. It is critical for boards to have a full and accurate picture of what is going on in an organisation to be able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.

Further education risk register analysis 2019
Stephanie Mason

29 April 2019

The further education sector has faced many challenges and risks in recent years and these look set to continue in 2019 and beyond. RSM’s latest risk register analysis, drawing comparisons with our work in 2018 and 2016, enables you to compare your college’s risk profile with that of others. This enables you to consider ‘how do our risks compare?’ and ‘are we missing any key risks?’.

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