Writing in the Guardian, Professor Sa’ad Medhat, chief executive of NEF: The Innovation Institute, delivered some scathing criticisms of the FE sector. In particular, the Professor took issue with what he sees as a failure in the sector to produce curriculums which respond to the demands of employers, along with a failure to give young people advice that will actually lead them into sustained employment. “To carry on with what we’re doing now, delivering irrelevant courses with half-baked careers advice is,” he says, “to short-change a whole generation.”
Some of his criticisms are valid, but it should also be said that many colleges are taking steps to address the problems. To find out more, check out our monthly FE News column here.