The Isle of Wight College is proud to support Colleges Week, a sector-wide manifesto for better funding and fair pay in further education.
Further education colleges are an essential part of England’s education system. Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.
Colleges matter – to their students, their staff and their local communities. But for too long the vital work they do has been overlooked and underfunded.
That is why trade unions, students and colleges are coming together to call for better funding and fair pay for further education colleges.
From 2009 to 2019, college funding has been cut by around 30%.
This drop in funding has led to:
This situation is not sustainable and ultimately impacts on college students and staff, businesses, communities and the wider economy.
Colleges need a fair funding settlement to ensure they can continue to play their crucial role in our education system and provide the high-quality skills provision our country needs.
Additional funding would help colleges to:
We are calling on the government to:
Visit www.collegesweek.co.uk to learn more.