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Putting employers at the heart of the system: Will the White Paper support colleges to build back better?

Today (21 Jan) we see the launch of the Skills for Jobs White Paper, which presents a critical opportunity to create the kind of policy environment in England that is needed now and in the future.

What does the college of the future look like around the world?

The conversation about the future of colleges is alive and kicking in the UK, and with the world changing at pace, it comes as no surprise that it is a hot topic across the globe. At a time of heated debates around Brexit, it is very welcome that political developments do not inhibit the UK’s wider ability in areas such as education, to optimise the value of building long term collaborations with its international partners so that mutual insights and lessons can be shared to enhance local practices.

Unlock the potential of colleges to drive innovation by deepening links with employers

Having worked in the hospitality sector for over 30 years, developing new talent and educational opportunities for the industry is something that I am very passionate about and committed to contributing to.

The Northern Ireland College of the Future: Transforming skills system is key to unlocking Northern Ireland’s potential

In the wake of the pandemic and as Northern Ireland works to re-ignite its economy, a new report from experts in education and business is arguing for a bold acceleration of measures to better capitalise on the power of colleges. They believe this will support the economically inactive and drive a more prosperous and innovative future. 

Colleges are an important part of the wider education ecosystem, alongside Independent Learning Providers, schools and universities

How colleges in the North East can continue to support our communities and employers in the future  The Independent Commission on the College of the Future’s England report outlines a comprehensive and ambitious vision for the role of the college in the future skills and employment landscape.

Colleges: a lot to learn from Northern Ireland, and a lot for Northern Ireland to learn

The future success of Northern Ireland hangs in the balance. We were already facing enormous challenges - trying to decipher the impacts of Brexit, the implications of automation and of sustainability, while grappling with the highest rates of economic inactivity in the UK and some of the lowest productivity and innovation rates. The reanimating of the Assembly and a new Executive allowed us to begin to tackle these issues with a renewed programme for government and an end to logjams in pursuing new directions and policies. The advent of Covid-19 and its impacts have however amplified and further complicated our way through these challenges. We need every asset we can bring to the table to assist in what will be a long and difficult recovery. And there is one asset that Northern Ireland should be rightly proud of – its six further education colleges. They are central to creating a highly skilled workforce and skills pipeline, they boost innovation, enhance entrepreneurship and competitiveness, and crucially address social exclusion. Our colleges do so much, but they could do so much more.

Failing to plug skills gaps will set us back on the road to recovery

As we reach the end of the eighth month of the pandemic, people’s attention naturally turns to how we emerge from the crisis - ensuring that people, employers and communities and not left behind.

The progress of the Independent Commission of the College of the Future - Lewis Cooper podcast #AoCConf

FE News chat with Lewis Cooper, Director, Independent Commission on the College of the Future at the Association of Colleges annual conference 2019. We chat with Lewis about the progress of the commission on exploring the College of the Future.

Commission’s Vision for the College of the Future is Alive & Well in the West Midlands

Already on the road that the Commission on the #CollegeoftheFuture sets out for us  As a big supporter of colleges, it a pleasure to welcome the publication of the UK-wide report of the Independent Commission of the College of the Future. The Commission sets out a bold ambition for colleges which I believe reflects their centrality to social and economic life.

The Welsh College of the Future should be at the heart of responding to the climate emergency, sustaining and promoting the Welsh language and the nation’s wider culture, and building a more equitable society

@CollegeComm launches The College of the Future for Wales  

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