With the use of eMandate increasing in popularity amongst further education colleges, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has today announced its commitment and determination to see its full implementation in all colleges.
eMandate, an online database that provides detailed financial information about a college’s estate, has now reached 40 % of further education colleges since its introduction in October 2002. By collecting, analysing and presenting data in an accessible way, its enables a college to make informed and cost effective decisions regarding the management of their estate and to make comparisons on issues such as maintenance, cleaning, energy and insurance.
From now on, all colleges in England will have to participate in the project in order to continue to receive capital grant support from the LSC. The LSC, responsible for funding and planning education and training for over 16-year-olds in England, is keen to promote the use of this technology and to see the further development of world-class buildings for world-class teaching and learning, under its Capital Investment strategy through agenda for change.
Mark Haysom, Chief Executive of the LSC said: “There is an urgent need to accelerate investment in college buildings and I am urging all colleges to sign up to the eMandate project in order that we can assess the needs of the sector as well as helping colleges to manage their own estates more efficiently and channel savings made to learners.
“We know,” he continued, “from conducting research that a £3 million investment in college buildings can lead to an increase in learner participation rates of 3 per cent, which for us is a primary goal.”
The LSC will work in conjunction with IPD Occupiers part of the Investment Property Databank (IPD), the National Council for Education and Training for Wales and the Scottish Funding Council to manage the change project to all colleges in England, Scotland and Wales.
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