The Department for BusinesInnovation and Skills (BIS) has two consultations underway that will help inform FE and Skills policy.
Skills for Sustainable Growth will inform a strategy on skills which will be published in the autumn after the Spending Review. The strategy will outline the Government’s principles for the skills system and a framework for policy for the next five years.
This is complemented by the consultation FE and Skills Funding System and Methodology for further education colleges and training organisations, following an independent review by Chris Banks, CBE. This consultation examines ways in which the funding to support the development of skills can best be allocated and used, and includes in its reach funding policy and budgetary arrangements for colleges and training organisations, the funding formula, allocations, procurement and contracting and performance management.
The documents invite employers, individuals, colleges and training organisations to share their ideas on how they would like skills policy to be set out in the future.