Is the system of Further Education and Vocational Training funded fairly?

12 December 2017

On Thursday 14 December the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will visit the West Midlands to talk to students, further and vocational education providers and local businesses.

Visit details

The Committee will talk to students and apprentices at Birmingham Metropolitan College, Aston University Engineering Academy UTC and Warwick Trident College (WTC). They will also see how Jaguar Land Rover's advanced, higher and degree apprentices train and meet with Birmingham-based businesses.

These visits and meetings are part of the Committee's ongoing inquiry into the economics of higher, further and technical education. The Committee is seeking answers to questions such as: 

  • Is the system of further education and vocational training funded fairly? 
  • Should there be a greater focus on technical qualifications in STEM subjects to fill shortages in the labour market?

Chairman's comments

Lord Forsyth, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, said:
"For our inquiry to be effective we need to hear as many views and experiences as possible. This visit should help us to find out what students, institutions, and businesses outside London think. It will also allow us to meet and see first-hand the work of further education students and apprentices."

Further information

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