‘In 10 years’ time the FE landscape is going to look very different from today; the apprenticeship levy is going to be a real game-changer.
While traditional sources of funding continue to be under pressure, the apprenticeship levy represents a significant opportunity for colleges to develop and grow.
In the West Midlands alone it is estimated there will be in the region of £150m to £180m brought into skills training and because it is raised from employers, for their own use, the levy will change the way businesses think about skills and the way they relate to skills providers.
It is already clear that wise companies will invest carefully, to change the way they recruit, retain and develop talent.
I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that we will see huge changes on both sides of the supply and demand for skills provision.
On the demand side, employers will become more engaged and have an active involvement in the design and content of their training, with sectors and supply chains also pulling together more effectively.
As employers get the value that they need and want from education, they will clearly identify their requirements and be willing to take an active role in skills training.
On the supply side, FE colleges will likewise have to think and act differently, and become fleet of foot in their response to the employer imperative.
We will need to design more and more training that isn’t based around term times, isn’t run around what we perceive to be the normal working week, and is aimed at what individual employers require.’ – FE Week