Further Education and skills provider outcome data published

The government has published employment and other 19+ learner outcomes for Further Education and skills providers, for the first time.

The data from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), for learners at all Skills Funding Agency-funded providers that completed in 2010/11, comes as part of a consultation on proposed new success measures from 2016/17.

The move to collect and monitor this data reflects a shift in how HE success is viewed, offering a way to capture success beyond qualifications.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “This country needs high quality post-19 education and training that equips learners with the skills employers need and value. This data and consultation is an important step in recalibrating the way we think of success in FE.”

However, concern remains around the difficulty some colleges face in operating in deprived areas, where jobs are scarce and a wider local partnership is needed to create new job opportunities.

A spokesperson from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers cautioned the use of the data, saying “it’s important that the data needs to be reviewed in context; in other words, it’s not right to set absolute targets because learner cohorts vary so much. Nor would we want to see tables and rankings based on data only. We should be very cautious about how the data is used.”

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