We are rallying behind Colleges Week and the cause to support further education.
What is Colleges Week?
Colleges Week provides an opportunity to steer the focus of Government and media onto the incredible work that colleges do, and applaud the staff that make it happen.
Colleges Week is important because it highlights the impact funding cuts have had on learning opportunities, teaching hours and pay.
According to the Colleges Week website, over the last decade, colleges have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut, whilst costs have increased dramatically. This resulted in a drastic drop in learning opportunities for adults, fewer hours of teaching and support for young people, and teacher pay at less than 80% of schools and support staff seeing no increase in pay for several years.
“The spending review is an early opportunity for the Prime Minister to show he meant it with his pledge to invest in further education and skills. There are many funding and policy challenges to grapple with across government, mostly needing highly skilled, well educated workforces to deliver for our economy and country – David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges
How can I support Colleges Week?
Use your social media channel to build awareness around the campaign. Take a look at the Resources Hub on the Love Our Colleges website for infographics and logos you can post, and don’t forget to use #LoveOurColleges
“The invaluable work of the further education sector needs to be recognised and supported with the appropriate funding. Our key purpose as an awarding organisation is to support learners to progress and succeed in their life goals, particularly those who have already missed out on opportunities, and the work undertaken by the further education sector is crucial to this aim. If the college sector is not funded appropriately, at the end of the day it will not only be the learners who suffer but ultimately the economy and the skills base of the country.” – Carol Snape, CEO, Gateway Qualifications