The FE Commissioner reflects on the 2021-2022 academic year, and in her report, states that there are 3 areas where she sees persistent problems which corporations and colleges need to address.
The first concerns governance, and particularly the number of boards where governors have served for more than 10 years. Whilst the time given by these governors as volunteers is hugely appreciated, it is often too comfortable a relationship with the senior team.
The second problem is around subcontracting. The economic climate is causing more adults to work rather than taking training opportunities, so the temptation for colleges is to use subcontracting as a way of fulfilling funding contracts. There is a place for local subcontracting, but it is vital that this is overseen appropriately, both from a quality and funding perspective.
The third area of concern is cyber security. A small number of colleges have been affected by attacks this year. Governors and principals have to assure themselves that
they have robust IT processes to provide as much protection as possible.