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Rising to the challenge: The Further Education and skills sector over the next decade

Nigel Keohane

Rising to the challenge: The Further Education and skills sector over the next decade Nigel Keohane

FIRST PUBLISHED BY The Social Market Foundation, April 2017 ISBN: 978-1-910683-22-4 11 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QB Copyright © The Social Market Foundation, 2017 The moral right of the authors has been asserted. All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the publisher of this book.

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements4 About the Social Market Foundation

4

About FETL

4

Foreword by Dame Ruth Silver

5

Executive Summary

7

Part I: Why the Report

9

Part II: The Competitive Environment for FE

15

Part III: Decisions for the Future

34

Appendix: List of Organisations that Participated in the Research

43

Endnotes44

THE FURTHER EDUCATION AND SKILLS SECTOR OVER THE NEXT DECADE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This research and publication has been made possible by the generous support of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL). In particular, we would like to thank Ayub Khan (Executive Director, FETL), Dame Ruth Silver (President, FETL) and Professor Martin Doel (FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, UCL IOE) for the time, intellectual input and commitment that they have given to the project. The report was informed by four workshop events, and we are very grateful to all the attendees who participated and fed in their ideas. Any errors or omissions are those of the author.

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