Rising to the Challenge

The Further Education and skills sector over the next decade

This is a timely and strategically important report, appearing as it does, at a critical moment for the further education and skills sector. While it reflects intelligently on the context in which the sector now operates, it is not preoccupied solely with its current challenges but rather has its sights set firmly on the longer-term future – a refreshing and wholly welcome perspective. The report makes clear that FE and skills has reached a point in its development where some variation of the status quo is no longer an option and, while the challenges of today are real and should not be understated, we must engage with them through a long lens, thinking five, 10, even 20 years ahead.

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