NORTH LINDSEY COLLEGE TO CELEBRATE COLLEGES’ WEEK
North Lindsey College is proud to be celebrating Colleges’ Week as a vital provider in our region, supporting students to learn, train and progress.
Colleges’ Week ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018 and sees colleges across the country hosting events and showcasing the brilliant work they do, day in and day out.
The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between the Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).
Whether it’s through a 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.
However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. Colleges’ Weeks is an opportunity for providers and their stakeholders to call on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years. With a strong focus on asking the Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.
Mick Lochran (Principal at North Lindsey College) said, “Further Education Colleges play a vital role in transforming their communities, working in partnership with young people, parents, employers, LEPS and local councils. Colleges are central to raising aspiration and social mobility, providing school leavers, adult learners and apprentices with the technical skills, knowledge to fulfil their potential. The long term real reduction in funding is impacting on the ability of colleges to continue to support their communities and while this will impact on the most vulnerable young people in our communities, it will also miss the opportunity to make real progress in closing the productivity gap which is of national concern.
David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like North Lindsey College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.
Colleges’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”