KFE Sector Advocacy & Representation

Further education advocacy is central to KFE's Strategic Goal 1. Further Education colleges are a key element of the country's education and training skills system. KFE works to ensure that the role of FE meets its full potential through pro-active advocacy and projects. 

 

Many people are surprised to hear the extent of what a modern FE college does, how much they are integrated into the local, regional and national economies, how closely they work with employers and indeed how they support their communities. Below are some examples of the impact and importance of Kent's FE colleges:

  • Kent's FE colleges contribute over millions of pounds to the Kent and Medway economy annually
  • More than half of Kent and Medway's 16-19 year olds receive their training via a KFE member college
  • KFE colleges deliver more than 3,000 apprenticeships annually, improving the skills of the region's employers
  • Combined our colleges spend over £79m on local goods and services every year helping boost local jobs and business
  • KFE colleges are a major employers themselves, providing jobs to 3,600 full time equivalent employees
  • In recent years £320m has been invested in capital projects to modernise and improve our facilities and accommodation for our learners, staff and employers, much of which is open for use by local communities
  • Every year thousands of our students help support our communities through social action and community projects, for example linked to the national 'I will' campaign

Current Advocacy Work

 
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Kent Further Education as a partnership and its colleges individually, are fully engaged with a wide range organisations, collaborations and initiatives. KFE continuously works to advance and improve the role and impact of FE in the skills agenda, to the benefit of our learners, employers, other stakeholders and our communities.

This work is advanced through a variety of means, including lobbying at national level via our MPs, the Association of Colleges and other sector bodies; participation in working groups; representation on various regional bodies; driving forward reviews and initiatives with our local authorities and funding bodies; and through engaging with external partner organisations and employers.

 

KFE and individual Principals and delegated staff are currently working in the following collaboration and advocacy areas:

  • Principal level representation on the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) representing FE and advancing the development of the region's skills agenda
  • Principal representation on the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP) informing the role of FE in supporting and maximising the county's economic potential through technical and work based skills
  • Principals' Group working with KCC on a high needs funding (HNF) review for Kent, working jointly to ensure a fair an effective system for the funding of educational support
  • Delegated college senior leaders working with KCC and The Education People on the SEN Statement of Action Reference Group
  • Principal level role on the FE Commissioner’s Principals’ Reference Group and National Leaders of Further Education Group, influencing national policy direction and assisting colleges which face significant challenges
  • Promoting apprenticeship value and awareness through support of the annual Apprentice Graduation Event and participation in its partnership working group
  • Raising the profile of FE teachers through support of the Kent Teachers' Awards and promotion of FE college specific categories for academic and academic support staff
  • Participation in the KCC Post 16 Review Reference Group
  • Promoting further education colleges through sponsorship of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards
  • Sub regional delivery partner and working group member for the South East Local Enterprise Partnership funded FE Teacher Bursary Project and the www.becomealecturer.org website.

Email: kentfurthereducation.org

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