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face of the FE sector – looking to the future

12 August 2013

Like many sectors the further education sector has not been immune to the constrained economic climate. Funding pressures, raised educational expectations and new freedoms has meant the sector has increasingly looked at innovative solutions. In particular, there has been an increase in local partnerships and collaborative approaches. A recent partnership formed in Greater Manchester has successfully secured EU funding to tackle low skills and unemployment in the region. It is likely that there will be many more such schemes in the near future.

A future of more alliances (including shared expertise and facilities) can be argued to be extremely positive as it encourages a more regional focus and caters to the wider needs of students. However, others may argue that the commercialisation of the sector means that there will be a greater focus on profit at the expense of quality in teaching and learning.

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