Today’s FE and skills white paper is a welcome boost for a sector that’s poised and ready for a digital revolution – and has been waiting for government direction and investment to help make that happen.
Reflecting some of the aims of Jisc's FE and skills strategy and the final report from the Independent Commission on the College of the Future, the white paper provides a blueprint for change that should better meet the demands of learners, employers and, ultimately, the economy.
I’m pleased that the government has taken on board the evidence and advice provided by the sector and that this paper will at last help to strengthen FE provider’s positions in the economic landscape.
There are a number of key points that Jisc will be working to support and advise on:
- Connections to communities and the regional economy is highlighted as a priority and will need strengthening through digital infrastructure and secure, seamless connectivity
- The FE workforce will need upskilling if it is to prepare learners for the digital workplace and lifelong learning
- If the FE sector is to respond to qualification and assessment reform and employer demand, it must have access to high quality and accessible digital content across all subjects and levels