Articles from Rob Wye

Rob Wye of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Looks Ahead Exclusively with FE News

Perhaps it is because the weather is cold and grey, or perhaps it is because daylight only seems to last for seven hours each day. Perhaps it is the pile of Christmas trees waiting to be collected, or the wrapping paper forced into a bulging recycling bag. It may even be the crumpled list of New Year's resolutions that no "“ one will ever read.

Adult Learning Grant (ALG) Helps Adults Learn in 2006 say Learning and Skills C

Further Education as a sector is not a single entity; rather, it is composed of many different teaching and learning styles, programmes, and environments.

Equalities in difficult times

Excellent approaches to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion were shared at two LSIS dissemination events taking place in June and July. These highlighted some of the imaginative ways in which providers have improved experiences and opportunities for their learners, communities and staff.

Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Director of Strategy and Communications on Govern

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) which is the body responsible for the strategy of apportioning the Further Education budget, has responded to the recent Government report on bureaucratic oversight in the sector.

LSC respond to adult skills target being met five months early

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has issued a response to last week's news that the government had reached its interim target for Level 2 qualifications for adults.

Body responsible for FE in the UK happy with recommendations

The body responsible for post-16 learning in the UK has accepted and welcomed the release of yesterday's House of Commons report on the state of further education.

LSC Director of Strategy and Communications on a Strategic Approach to the Future

The Director of Strategy and Communications for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), Rob Wye, has responded to the comments from sector stakeholders on the proposed axing of 1,300 jobs from the LSC.

Rob Wye, Director of Strategy and Communications, Talks to FE News

At the recent Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) conference at the London Hilton Metropole hotel, various representatives of organisations within the FE sector came together to discuss the best way forward. Prominent amongst them was Mr. Rob Wye, the Director of Strategy and Communications at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), who shared his thoughts with FE News.

LSC Position Stated on Adult Learning Funding

Following the debate that has raged with particular vehemence in the past ten days, with the Association of Colleges (AoC) releasing a statement of Government cuts in Adult Learning funding on the Friday prior to the beginning of Adult Learning Week, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has explained why, after a 29% increase in funding since 2001 / 2002, there is now some pressure on colleges.

LSIS CEO considers learning and skills in 2020

Amid the massive challenges facing FE, LSIS commissioned the RSA Public Services Hub to consider how the sector might look in 2020. This research indicates that with youth unemployment at near-record levels and spending pressures driving cost reductions and new strategies for coping, the thinking of many in the sector is undergoing a sea change.On the one hand, researchers found fear about the further encroachment of the market into further education. Some interviewees said: "People are in denial. They don't actually believe [the Coalition's reforms] are going to happen..."But they also discovered a sense of liberation at the offer of a new culture of flexibility and entrepreneurialism: some said: "A college should not just be a purveyor of courses. It should be a key agent of social mobility."Over the past twenty years, central government has driven reform and expansion, using the sector as one of the principal 'levers' with which to increase the country's skills levels. Now, it is loosening its grip and promising the sector more freedom to make decisions. Although funding and performance management systems still lag behind the rhetoric, the direction of change is clear - the sector is being invited to map its own new path. But it is being asked to do so at a time when there is a lot less money.The change is most dramatic at local level. In some respects local authorities are more able to make decisions, merge budgets and identify local priorities; while in other respects, authority is being withdrawn, as local public service institutions become more accountable to their service users. In other words, traditional local government is being challenged by 'hyper localism' and the emergent Local Enterprise Partnerships.The report argues that in all this, further education providers sit at the crossroads between two long-term futures. In one, liberalisation and spending cuts lead to retrenchment and uncertainty; markets create winners and losers without engaging citizens and further education remains a "Cinderella" service pushed and pulled by more powerful local players.The alternative is a future which is fundamentally more collaborative, networked, and socially productive; where colleges seize the day and become incubators of social value and hubs for service integration; where further education serves the needs of learners through being a creative and central partner in wider local growth and service reform agendas.Social productivity - an idea developed by the Commission on 2020 Public Services - lies at the heart of achieving this second future. It means shifting from a culture of top-down, silo-based delivery of services, to one that recognises that social value is "co-created" between the service and user. At root, it is the idea that 'public services should explicitly be judged by the extent to which they help citizens, families and communities to achieve the social outcomes they desire'.The research tells us that in many places there is emerging, on-the-ground practice and innovation which is already pointing the way to this socially productive future for further education, responsive to the local community.There are five potential key future directions:

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