FE leadership: thoughts for the future

  • In a climate where colleges are battling funding cuts and competitive pressures, how can we ensure FE leaders are afforded the training time crucial to supporting students, asks Dr Lynne Sedgmore?

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The skills mismatch: how can employers help?

  • A shortage of careers advice based on labour market trends is harming young people's job prospects, argues Anthony Mann. Can more employer-led guidance help students to choose the right vocation?

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Border control: what next?

  • Tony Smith, who masterminded UK border security during the London 2012 Olympics, gives us his insight into the future of UK and global border control.

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How active governance could revolutionise our skills system

  • Those engaged in the governance of schools are often touted as the largest volunteer army in the UK – and a significant number of those volunteers are in fact operating within our Further Education system. Much is expected of these highly motivated folk – FE Colleges teach over 1.8 million learners a year, they are integral parts of regional economies and they operate at the heart of very substantial local communities.

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How are welfare reforms impacting the way people budget and pay their bills?

  • Evolving technologies and changes to the welfare state are transforming the way people in the social housing sector pay their bills. Ross Macmillan from payment collection specialist allpay highlights some of the trends.

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