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This week is #LoveOurColleges week, the annual celebration of all of the great things going on in colleges across the country.

This year’s theme is Get In, Go Further – showcasing the innovation and incredible opportunities being offered in colleges to help you get ahead in your career.

Colleges are uniquely inclusive environments, offering the chance to build skills which suit your goals, and forge lasting links with your community and local employers. Whether you’re a young person just starting out in your career, an adult boosting your existing training, or you’re looking to embark on a whole new career, your local college will give you the tools you need to take on your next challenge.

Here are 5 things to love about our colleges:

1. They provide flexible courses to fit around you

Colleges offer a huge range of courses, from functional skills to degree level learning in an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Whether you’re a budding computer scientist, passionate about green engineering or looking to join the next generation of nurses on the front-line, forging a career that is right for you has never been easier, and colleges are there to help you.

Courses are available to suit almost any schedule, with options such as full and part time study, day courses, or modular technical learning helping you to fit your development around your life and commitments. Gone are the days where a long university course was the only expected route to success. Speak to your local college to find out what options they can offer you.

 2. They help people get skills based on the needs of local employers

Colleges and other FE providers have always had links with local employers to offer work placements to students and support apprenticeships. Now, more than ever, they are working closely with local and regional businesses and employer groups to identify and deliver the specific skills needed to promote economic prosperity in an area and meet local skills gaps. No student, regardless of their age or location, should have to move away from their community to train and get a good job, and colleges are playing a central role in providing local opportunities to learners.

Through engagement with their local Institute of Technology (IoT), links with teaching the healthcare sector and partnerships with businesses in their area, many colleges offer learners world class facilities and expertise to provide a pipeline of skills talent for businesses to thrive and for individuals to enjoy secure and rewarding careers.

3. Colleges offer exciting, varied and wide-ranging courses

Colleges offer a huge range of learning opportunities including fantastic up-to-date qualifications designed with the needs of learners and employers in mind. Some options available are:

T Levels: Two-year T Levels combine in-classroom learning and substantial on-the-job experience to give you skills and practice which will let you hit the ground running in your chosen career. They are ideal for young people who know the skill area they want to work in or study further and cover subjects as diverse as digital production, health & science, construction, engineering, finance & management and even animal care. T Levels are already on offer across the country with more colleges and courses being added each year.

Apprenticeships: Doing an apprenticeship at any age will let you fully immerse yourself in your chosen profession, giving practice and experience as you learn through working. If you’re over 16 and are looking to build you knowledge outside of the classroom, apprenticeships can be found for thousands of roles across the UK and may be the right option for you. Colleges are helping to facilitate these programmes and apprenticeships can go right up to degree level and beyond.

Traineeships: Traineeships are designed to help young people aged 16-24 prepare for their future and career, with a range of courses which will help build confidence and develop the skills needed to access employment, apprenticeships or further education.

4. They aren’t just for young people – they offer training for adults to reskill or upskill 

Education should be open to people at every stage of their lives and colleges are helping adults to boost their skills to pursue new challenges or progress in their organisations. If you’re an adult looking to get ahead in work there are options available for you, including through the government’s Free Courses for Jobs , which offers over 400 free courses to adults who do not have existing A levels, an advanced technical diploma, or equivalent.

These free qualifications can open exciting new opportunities across a range of sectors such as digital technology, hospitality and catering, and health and social care, helping you to gain the skills you need to get a better job.

5. They’re at the heart of local communities  

Colleges are at the heart of the communities they serve. Not just in terms of providing education and training but as leaders in overcoming adversity to continue delivering for their students. Throughout the pandemic, colleges have especially shown that they are hubs for their communities, offering a range of activities that help to bring people and communities together to take part in activities and learn new skills without having to travel far from their homes.

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The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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