Welcome to FE Soundbite edition 673: FE Colleges and Sixth Forms are redefined as public sector. So what does this mean? This is the weekly e-newsletter and e-journal brought to you be FE News ISSN 2732-4095. We know life is busy, so here is a snapshot of the latest announcements and cool thought leadership articles from influencers and cool thinkers across FE and Skills this week on FE News.
FE Colleges and Sixth Forms are redefined as public sector
ONS announced the reclassification of further education corporations, sixth form colleges into public sector this week. So what does this mean? Well Matt and Matt from MH&A explain all with Going public: The implications of college reclassification.
Sir Michael Barber’s Skills review
Tom Bewick wrote a great piece What can Sir Michael Barber’s review accomplish for FE?
Cost of Living
Michael Lemin wrote a really interesting and timely piece: Cost of Learning: How the sector is stepping up to the ongoing crisis.
Interesting reports out this week
100,000 Apprentices are dropping out each year
EDSK report finds over 100,000 apprentices dropping out each year!
What are the Motivations and Challenges of FE and Training Professionals?
- 82% of people working in Further Education (FE) and Training say the most rewarding aspect of their role is inspiring students, changing lives, and making a difference
- 31% say that the biggest challenge facing the sector right now is lack of funding
- One in five (19%) say the recruitment challenge is their main concern
Growing digital skills shortages threaten economic growth
EPI released an interesting report on: Growing digital skills shortages threaten economic growth, amidst worsening gender imbalances and insufficient incentives to teach
What are the ‘Power Skills’ for now and the jobs of the future (well 2026)?
New Pearson study identifies human skills as the ‘power skills’ most in demand in UK job market. Pearson also shares the ‘power skills’ that will be most in demand in 2026!