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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2003): Education - UK - Training

SQUEEZE ON ADULT LEARNING

P. Kingston

Guardian Education, September 23rd 2003, p.49

Colleges are bracing themselves for slumps in the number of adults enrolling for courses because most of the students over the age of 19 don't fit the government's criteria for full funding.

THE CHANGING FACE OF FURTHER EDUCATION

T. Hyland and B. Merrill

RoutledgeFalmer, 2003

Post-16 education is constantly developing and expanding, forcing further education institutions to cope with ever-evolving government policies. The sector is at the centre of New Labour's lifelong learning policies and yet clarity of purpose and a definitive strategic mission have yet to be achieved. This book examines the current trends in further education and evaluates further education colleges. It also looks at whether the social elements of Labour's Further Education policy - enhancing economic competitiveness and workforce skills, widening participation and challenging social exclusion at all levels of the education system - can be achieved by policy-makers, managers, staff, and students at further education institutions.

WHAT DOES BRITAIN EXPECT?

A. Fitzsimons

Guardian Education, September 23rd 2003, p.50

Colleges are alarmed at the prospect of grooming applicants for UK citizenship tests. Most of the burden for preparing would-be British passport holders for any citizenship test the Government introduces would fall on further education colleges. But this has prompted some concerns about funding and staff shortages - and fears that the test-based nature of the proposals could turn colleges "into an arm of the Home Office".

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