FE Week export, the Secret Principal, warns that FE, which provides the bulk of the UK’s post-secondary training, faces collapse and the loss of a valuable source of professionals and technicians and asks ‘whither lifelong learning?’
FE Week | 29 June 2015
Wake up and smell the coffee
Professor Alison Wolf, architect of the government’s vocational education plans and labour market guru, says cuts to FE colleges and growth of universities could see the UK lose a valuable source of technicians and mechanics.
Britain’s supply of skilled workers may “vanish into history” if looming budget cuts in FE and the unchecked expansion of universities are allowed to continue.
She adds that “unstable, inefficient, untenable and unjust” funding is destroying education provision for school-leavers outside of universities. But let’s not get into the ‘University or us’ debate (we’ll lose that one) and ask the government to think long and hard about the value of FE and ‘who pays’.
FE provides the bulk of the UK’s post-secondary training and faces collapse and the loss of a valuable source of professionals and technicians… [full story on FE Week]