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The incorporation of the further education sector in 1993 was followed by a period of extreme turbulence. Colleges plunged into the complex task of managing huge organizations while under pressure from cuts in funding and a steady expansion in the number and range of students. While financial scandals may have attracted attention, the success of the further education sector in continuing to provide a vital educational service for millions of people has been less recognized. Despite the significant contribution of the sector to education and training, practitioners struggle to find adequate research evidence on which to base reflection and practice. They need material relevant to the specific situation of managers working w

Working with Employers
Working with employers
The Economic Context

Long-term projections of the skills needed to develop the economy have for some time predicted an increasing demand for higher level skills. For example, over a decade ago Handy (1989) quotes a study estimating that 70 per cent of all jobs in Europe in 2000 would require cerebral skills. The debate on rising skill demands and the disenfranchisement of those who do not have such skills is so well rehearsed that it has lost its impact of immediacy. Yet the implications for colleges remain profound, as they are the organizations with the national responsibility for upskilling particularly those in danger of being left behind, those whom compulsory schooling has failed, those who are in low-skill jobs or unemployed. ...

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