ERIC Number: ED478446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
A Basis for Skills Developing the "College for Business" in Sussex: Part of an LSDA Collection.
Hughes, Maria; Stanton, Geoff
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve further education (FE) in the United Kingdom, the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) developed a model for FE colleges that see their core purpose as meeting the needs of business and industry as distinct form colleges with a mission to serve the needs of the community or prepare young people for higher education. LSDA then worked with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in Sussex, England, to jointly develop the concept of a college for business. The following distinctive dimensions of activity were identified as important within the college for business: (1) acting as a gateway to the workplace; (2) adaptation and updating; (3) problem solving and innovation; (4) support networks for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and (5) an underpinning mission and infrastructure to support implementation of the model. Tests of the model at three pilot colleges in Sussex confirmed the effectiveness of the "college for business" model, the value of using an audit instrument developed by LSDA to audit current provision and services, and the importance of each of the dimensions within the model. After the pilot tests, the Sussex LSC continued efforts to transform their network, adding four additional colleges to the initiative. (The audit tool and an introduction to the series are appended. Nineteen endnotes are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Business Education, College Programs, Colleges, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Entry Workers, Foreign Countries, Institutional Mission, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, Small Businesses, Technical Institutes
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (Ref. No. 1486 2of6, free). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/pubs/dbaseout/download.asp?code=1486_2of6.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Learning and Skills Council, Coventry (England).
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)