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Learning and skills events, consultancy and training ltd (Lsect) has launched a new weekly newspaper aimed at the further education (FE) and skills training sector, FE Week. www.feweek.co.uk

The first edition of the new title which has been sent out to over 3,000 UK colleges, training providers, government representatives and related companies is devoted to the burgeoning sector, and includes contributions from FE Week staff, experts from within the FE sector and well known national education freelancers.

FE Week is also freely available online with the website offering traditional web browser layout and a print replica e-edition. Nick Linford, managing director at Lsect said: “It’s a bold move for us but we think we’re onto a winner. We published two pilot editions in June and July and tested the market carefully; I am delighted and excited to be delivering a much-needed publication for the FE sector, especially when it seems that other players are hiding our sector's news in the ‘run of paper’ and tightening their belts. “We’re not playing at publishing, this is a real proposition, FE Week employs four, full-time qualified journalists and it will quickly become a valuable and informative resource.”

Lynne Sedgemore, Chief Executive of the 157 Group, a sector group of England’s largest and high performing colleges said: “FE Week has already created quite a buzz within the FE Sector.” Karen Dobson, Principal of Newcastle under Lyme College said: It’s much needed in the sector and long overdue.”

In FE Week’s first edition, its main news article is about criticism of the government’s apprenticeship policies written by Nick Summers one of FE Week’s staff journalists, whilst its main feature is a profile of Dame Ruth Silver by Janet Murray, a national education journalist who writes for The Guardian.

There’s also a special twitter supplement and a podcast about the social media tool. www.feweek.co.uk/twitterguide.pdf

Other contributors to the newspaper include Ian Nash, Mick Fletcher and Nick Reinis.

FE Week is celebrating its first official edition tonight ((13th September)) with a select committee style event at Westminster Palace hosted by Heidi Alexander MP for Lewisham East. Other MPs taking part in the event include Gordon Mardsen MP(shadow minister for skills) John McDonnell MP, Lilian Greenwood MP and John Woodcock MP.

Linford said; “I have worked in the FE Sector for a number of years and there is so much going on, and such an appetite for the sector to want to know what’s going on, and to share their news and concerns. I can’t think of a better way to launch the paper than at an event held in the corridors of power.”

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For more information please contact Nick Linford on 07899 798270, Email nick.linford@lsect.com



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