Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) has named Coleg Gwent as one of the recipients of its first round of grants which will fund research and new thinking on the leadership of learning in UK Further Education and skills now and in the future.
The funding means that Coleg Gwent can lead the way looking at the impact of austerity measures on provision of Further Education and in particular the role governors can play raising aspirations and inspiring students to prosper.
Five grants valued at a total of £270,000 have been awarded to Coleg Gwent, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), EMFEC, the University of Hull and Working Well.
Jim Bennett, Coleg Gwent Principal said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant. The FE sector provides a critical service to young people and adults and is a key element in the future of the people of Wales and our economy. This will give us the opportunity to consider how we will develop in the future both as individual institutions and as a sector.”
Chair of Coleg Gwent, Angela Lloyd said: “Governors and Senior Managers have a key role in ensuring that we continue to deliver excellent education and training within a declining budget. I am delighted that the FETL awarded Coleg Gwent this grant and hope that it will provide useful leadership insights into how the sector will cope with the cuts going forward.”
Jill Westerman CBE, Chair of FETL, said: “As a college leader, I am pleased that trustees were able to fund projects that I feel will make a real difference to the leadership of thinking in FE and Skills. At this time of financial austerity it is vital that providers are able to take the time to think, and think differently, about the future. These projects will make significant contribution to that thinking.”