• Institutes of Technology are the right idea; now we must make sure they deliver

    Today’s announcement confirms that technical education should be at the heart of the UK’s modern industrial strategy. This is crucial, as only with an adequate skills strategy can we respond to the needs of industry at the same time as we help equip learners with the skills in demand from local employers. Getting technical education

    16.15 Jan. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Insolvency regime will make sector financially sustainable

    The insolvency regime proposed in the new bill will make sure colleges are delivering as a productive businesses as well as effective training providers, says Ian Pretty The government’s Technical and Further Education Bill sets out proposals for a new insolvency regime for FE colleges. This is a big moment for a sector increasingly pushed

    12.58 Nov. 17th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Collab Group: Building on yesterday for tomorrow

    Ian Pretty explains why the former 157 Group has changed its name. Ten years ago a group of colleges came together with a grand vision. These principals formed what would become the 157 Group, an organisation formed to showcase the best of what FE can be. Since then, the 157 Group has lived up to

    17.46 Oct. 20th, 2016 | Opinion