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How well are FE colleges and other training providers doing?



Your chance to have your say.

FSB roundtable discussion with Government - Post-19 outcome-based success measures FSB London office, 2 Catherine Place, Westminster SW1E 6HF - Tuesday 16th September 2014 2pm

The FSB supports this Government's efforts to increase the number of people studying in vocational education. Practical learning has many advantages, including matching skills to the needs of business thus tackling the growing skills shortage.

The Government is consulting on measures of success for Further Education (FE) colleges and training providers, and for qualifications, based on learner outcomes. These measures will be used to help learners and employers make more informed choices about where they train and the courses they take. The same measures will also be used by government to tell how well providers are performing in the FE sector.

Government is keen to get the employer's perspective on the most appropriate criteria which could be applied to create these measures and would like to discuss this with FSB members at a roundtable meeting.

Outcome-Based Success Measures are based on 3 core measures of:

  • Learner Destination (into further learning, and into or within employment, including Apprenticeships )
  • Learner Progression (progression to a higher level qualification)
  • Earnings (following completion of learning)

The intended outcomes of the new measures are:

  • To allow learners and employers to make more informed choices about where and how they invest public, and increasingly, their own money;
  • By giving wider information to customers on the impact teaching and learning and different qualifications have on: learners, businesses and communities;
  • And ultimately by informing performance management of the FE sector and of individual training providers

The consultation can be accessed here and a briefing will be sent out to attendees in advance.

Limited space available, however, if you are interested in hearing more about this and would like the opportunity to talk to government officials about what it will mean for businesses please contact Dan Hooper 0207 592 3350 by Monday 8th September.

When registering your interest to attend please include the type and location of your business.


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