Although the Further Education Area Reviews are still only in their first phase, it is clear that many in the sector are already beginning to think about what sort of environment might emerge at the end of them. Although nobody knows exactly what the sector will look like in a year or two, there are some things that are fairly clear:
- There are likely to be fewer colleges as a result of mergers
- The focus on strategies for growing apprenticeships will be central
- Colleges will need to work more closely and effectively with local partners, including LEPs and Local Authorities
- New business models that allow for better engagement with local industry and employers will need to be tried
- Colleges will need to demonstrate that they are really maximising their contribution to local economic growth and productivity
With these issues in mind, we are holding a national conference at The Wesley Hotel in London, between 10am and 3:30pm on 3rd March, 2016. Beyond Area Reviews — New Approaches to Growing Local Economies will look at some of the big issues that are likely to feature heavily in the post-Area Review sector, and although the talks have not yet been set in stone, here is a flavour of what you can expect:
- The Big Picture: Area Reviews, Economic Intelligence and the Future
- Area Reviews: What Have we Learned so Far?
- LEPs & Colleges Growing Local Economies Together
- Sharpening Your Business Model
- Post-Area Reviews: A New Way of Business
- Panel Discussion: Beyond Area Reviews
This exciting event, which is free to attend, is open to both EMSI and non-EMSI customers, and will be particularly appropriate for decision makers not only in the Further Education sector, but also in LEPs and Local Authorities. We will be giving regular updates, including speakers, at www.economicmodelling.co.uk/conference. If you would like to register for this event, you can do so by clicking on the picture above or by clicking here.