ERIC Number: ED412387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Investing Partners: Further Education, Economic Development and Regional Policy.
James, Simon; Clark, Greg
FEDA Report, v2 n1 1997
The role of further education (FE) colleges in England and Wales was examined through a survey mailed to a representative sample of 478 of the United Kingdom's 622 FE colleges. Questionnaires were returned by 102 (21%) of the colleges. Data were also collected through seminars, conferences and consultation meetings, cases studies, and a best practice analysis. The study confirmed that FE is already making significant contributions to economic development by assuming the following roles: stakeholder (where FE colleges express, either individually or collectively, their own economy power as employers, purchasers, tenants, contractors, developers, and corporate citizens); service provider (where FE provides services directly to people, businesses, and other organizations); and strategic partner (where FE colleges contribute to the leadership and coordination of economic development efforts at local, regional, and national levels through civic commitment, partnership boards, and planning and interagency liaison). Economic development was seen as the wider ambition for all FE activity, and FE's relations with businesses and the disadvantaged were considered a critical dimension of FE. External funding and Further Education Funding Council flexibility were identified as critical resource issues. (The survey questionnaire and a list of participating colleges are appended. The bibliography contains 21 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Role, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Regional Planning, School Business Relationship, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, United Kingdom (12 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom