Untapped Potential

ECA response to the National Inquiry on Colleges in the Community


The ECA have submitted their response to the ‘Colleges in their Communities Inquiry’ which is being led by NIACE, the 157 Group and the Association of Colleges.


The Inquiry is investigating the strategic role colleges play in their communities and the added public value they can bring in leading adult learning provision and serving each of their local communities.


The Association’s submission ‘Untapped potential: ECA response to the National Inquiry on Colleges in the Community’ draws on the 91 years of experience of the Association, which has seen the development of varied institutions that support adult learning in local communities as well as the experience gained from its membership of and role as ‘Education Strand Leader’ for the Community Sector Coalition.


Part of the ECA response states that ‘We believe that a target-driven funding and planning culture has restricted the potential that colleges can provide for the wide range of communities and since our members believe that colleges could do more, we would welcome and support any measures or initiatives to release the untapped potential for greater local and national leadership’.


Of the Inquiry, ECA Chair & CEO Bernard Godding says “It comes at a critical time when NIACE is appointing its new Chief Executive, David Hughes, the current National Provider Services Director at the Skills Funding Agency, who has exceptional knowledge of both colleges and the voluntary sector. The ECA looks forward to working with NIACE to ensure that our 91 year experience at the heart of local communities and our more recent decade and a half as a leading member of the Community Sector Coalition helps to inform the future work of colleges”.


The Inquiry will report in November 2011.


To read ‘Untapped potential: ECA response to the National Inquiry on Colleges in the community’ click here.


Date Added: March 24th 2011