CIPR Education Journalism Awards Sponsor, the Association of Colleges blogs about the enormity of the task for FE colleges.
by Chris Walden, Director of Public Affairs & Communications
The world of education is constantly evolving. So far this year, further education (FE) and sixth form colleges in England have faced a barrage of announcements – funding cuts, area reviews, focus shift to apprenticeships, exam overhauls to name a few.
As the representative body, we at the Association of Colleges (AoC) are the leading national voice for colleges, working hard with MPs and policymakers to influence Government policies that affect our members and, most importantly, their students.
One of the ongoing issues, however, is that many of those in power don’t fully appreciate the breadth of work that colleges do. So here it is…
Further education colleges provide high-quality technical and professional education and training for young people, adults and employers. They prepare over three million students with valuable skills for the workplace, valuable employability skills, helping to develop their career opportunities and strengthen the local, regional and national economy.
Colleges are inspirational places to learn because education and training is delivered by expert teaching staff in industry-standard facilities. From basic skills to postgraduate degrees, colleges offer first rate academic and vocational teaching, in a range of professions including engineering, hospitality, IT, construction and the creative arts.
Sixth form colleges provide high-quality academic education to 16 to 18-year-olds enabling them to progress to university or higher level vocational education.
The simple truth is that the work of colleges impacts every single person in the UK. Without colleges training engineers, we wouldn’t have the transport infrastructure we use daily. Without colleges training builders and plumbers, we wouldn’t have the houses we live in. Without colleges, this country couldn’t survive. Let’s hope the Government realises the importance of the sector in time for the spending review later this autumn.
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