Further education came to Parliament this week, as part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign. I was pleased to meet with Sheffield College Principal and Chief Executive Angela Foulkes, and with UCU representatives.
Sheffield College teaches more 16-18 year olds than all our schools put together, and plays a huge role in providing the skills people need throughout their lives. From apprenticeships to A-levels and beyond, it provides the springboard to successful careers and opportunities to learn new skills.
But, despite its importance, further education is the neglected sector when it comes to funding. It needs the resources to invest in its facilities and to pay its teachers wages that will match those available in schools. That’s why I’m backing the Love Our Colleges campaign. We need to celebrate the contribution of further education and give our colleges the money they need.