In advance of Colleges Week on 15-19 October, AELP CEO Mark Dawe has made the following statement:
‘AELP represents all types of provider the Further Education system, not just one subset of institutions, including independent training providers who deliver 75% of all apprenticeships. AELP calls on the government to take a long hard look at the funding of FE particularly in comparison to schools, but even more so universities. The post-18 review is a timely opportunity to consider at least part of the challenge.
‘Further Education has a vital role at every educational level from pre-entry to post degree and to starve it of funding is an own goal. FE is a major contributor to social mobility and productivity as well as a recognised vehicle in helping those that have the most challenges educationally and in life. AELP calls for fair, equal and sustainable funding for every learner across FE and equity across all education and training in the UK.’