Further education in 2020: the challenges and opportunities

Delegates at this Guardian hosted event see the future of the further education as, “turbulent, but full of opportunity.”¬†The article highlights, how in the light of further cuts, discussion focused on how to take advantage of a changing landscape. Some ideas for institutions included:

  • crisis management becoming the norm for the sector
  • the need to form partnerships and collaborate with businesses, local authorities etc.
  • for employers to take more responsibility for skills training
  • inconsistency of policy
  • the implications of social media for learners and institutions

Read the article here.

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Labour pledges reform to further education within 100 days

From the TES site:

A future Labour government would bring forward an education bill in its first 100 days that would contain reforms to vocational education, apprenticeships and training, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said.

However, he is yet to give details of what these measures might entail. Hunt also called for the Department of Education and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to work more closely together.