Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

Wednesday 17 October 2018

As a key part of the #LoveOurColleges week of activities, there will be a coordinated day of lobbying today, Wednesday 17 October.

This will include extensive lobbying in parliament from college principals, staff and students, with the education unions organising a march and rally to further amplify the message.

The Love our College campaign calls on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. This will give all students a fair chance, give college staff fair pay and provide the high-quality skills the country needs.

Funding for colleges has been cut by almost 30 per cent from 2009 to 2019. A decade of almost continuous cuts and constant reforms have led to a significant reduction in the resources available for teaching and support for sixth formers in schools and colleges, potentially restricted course choice, fewer adults in learning, pressures on staff pay and workload, a growing population that is not able to acquire the skills the UK needs to secure prosperity post-Brexit.

Stella Cockerill, Chief Operating Officer at Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, commented: “The Chamber welcomed the report from Centre for Cities published this month which highlights the need for an agile and responsive skills system that can react effectively to the challenges that automation and globalisation will bring.

“In addition, we are also aware that Brexit will lead to changes across our workforce and we need a vibrant and diverse network of providers to be able to offer re-training to those already in the workplace as well as preparing young people entering employment so that businesses can keep pace with automation and digitalisation.

“How are we to rise to this challenge, if our network of colleges, cannot afford to deliver the training businesses need? We are fully supportive of the Love our College Campaign and urge businesses and partners to show their support by signing this petition.”


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December 11 2018 / 5.00-7.00pm
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December 12 2018 / 6.00-7.30pm
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January 7 2019 / 5.00-7.00pm
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January 14 2019 / 5.00-7.00pm
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January 16 2019 / 5.00-7.00pm
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