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A crossroad for the FE sector?

18 July 2011

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) have commissioned a report from RSA Public Services Hub considering how the FE sector may look in 2020. The new found freedoms the sector currently faces come at a time of increased spending cuts. With this uncertainty the LSIS is concerned that there is a real risk that the sector could stagnate and fail to compete if it continues to focus on the narrow “delivery of qualifications”.

The report believes the sector needs to seize its freedoms and become incubators of social value and hubs for service integration.

Instead of a top-down approach, the LSIS is encouraging colleges to take a more collaborative approach involving the service and the user with social productivity at its heart.

What is clear is that the sector is at a crossroads and it is for colleges’ themselves to determine which route they would like to take.

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