ERIC Number: ED399467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Competing for Business: Colleges and the Competitiveness Fund.
FEDA Bulletin, v1 n13 Sep 1996
A study investigated how a sample of British further education (FE) colleges used the first round of Competitiveness Funding and how it affected the development of collaboration between colleges, Technical Education Councils (TECs), industry, and government agencies. A key ingredient in successful fund bids was matching the project's activity and outcomes to the needs of the regional economy by colleges' and TECS' sharing of each other's labor market information. Few colleges reported active industrial support for their fund project at the bid-preparation stage. Regional partner agencies were infrequently involved publicly in "launching" the fund, but appeared distant from the bidding, approval, and implementation processes. The likelihood of successful outcomes was enhanced through evident compatibility between fund project activity and existing college planning. Ways in which colleges developed the local training market included targeting small and medium sized enterprises, funding capital development, and breaking down barriers to access. Project innovations were also enhancing colleges' offer to existing students and opening up new markets through the deployment of flexible learning opportunities. Potential benefits from collaborative work with other colleges included the following: sharing good practices, accessing staff expertise and cooperation from the higher education sector, dividing jobs according to strengths of partner colleges, and enhancing purchasing power. (YLB)
Descriptors: College Planning, Corporate Support, Federal Aid, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Industry, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Technical Institutes
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, United Kingdom (3.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)