New Challenges, New Chances

Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programme


The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a new consultation setting out proposals promoting high quality teaching and learning for adults and to strengthen the skills system.


‘New Challenges, New Chances: Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programme’ and its associated documents build on the strategy for Further Education and skills which was published in ‘Skills for Sustainable Growth’ and ‘Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth’ both published in November 2010.


The consultation, which consists of one overall consultation and two more detailed consultations which focus on Informal Adult and Community Learning (IACL) and Further Education loans, covers measures to:


Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes, said:
“Our proposals describe the next steps towards a more confident, vibrant further education sector, ready to meet the challenges and seize the chances that a rebalanced, high skill economy will present. “ and that “This Government knows that skills change lives, nourish social renewal and feed economic growth.”


NIACE are holding 3 Consultation Seminars designed to support the review of IACL which aim to: -


The deadline for responses to the Consultation is Friday 21st October 2011.


Date Added: August 22nd 2011