We are an independent organisation specialising in further education colleges and Government funded training providers throughout the UK on a range of financial management and general management issues.
A wise CEO with years of Further Education experience once advised me that “to truly understand the learners, you must know their data”. The notion of knowing learner data struck a chord with me – one that has become more and more relevant to maximising student acquisition and retention in Further Education.
In recent months we have seen a number of college mergers. Some instigated by Area Based Reviews and some planned previously. Regardless of the starting position, one thing is clear, the most successful mergers are those which begin to function as one new unit as soon as possible after the merger.
A manager I recently spoke to who came into FE from the automotive industry explained the horror she felt when realising that not only did her College not have process maps but in many cases were not even sure what their processes were! “We’re an educational establishment” her colleagues said, “we don’t need all that sort of stuff here!”
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