Collab Group and its members have been engaging, at a national level, in a number of initiatives aimed at seeking solutions to the challenges ahead in the FE sector. As we developed our thinking and engaged with stakeholders, we realised that our national thinking could provide local solutions as well. Nowhere is this more apparent than in London.
We see important transformational opportunities for the FE Sector, in London, coming from initiatives which include the reforms in the Post-16 Skills Plan, Area Based Reviews and mergers, Institutes of Technology, the Apprenticeship Levy, Brexit and the government’s recent announcements on the Industrial Strategy. As a result, Collab Group has been exploring ideas and approaches which are set out in this point of view. However, this point of view should be seen as one element of what will be an on-going debate as we recognise that the transformation of the FE Sector, in London, has many years to run.
The potential for technical and professional education in London, the potential to build a system that will impact the greatest number of learners, the potential to transform the economy through creating a highly-skilled, highly-productive workforce, is like nowhere else. And so too the opportunities for collaboration in a City which has the highest concentration of learners as well as training providers. And it is collaboration which will be key to this success. The Collab Group colleges in London are committed to working with the new Mayor, the GLA, London Boroughs, the UK government, employers and other educators to create sustainable, responsive, agile and cost effective technical and professional education across London.