Colleges are Well Resourced
Report Segment: Choosing FE
The FE sector is extremely well equipped to provide a high quality service to hospitality and tourism businesses but so often there is a mismatch between the FE offer and the employers needs. Publicly funded schemes which bring in outside trainers may be said to exacerbate the problem. Private providers can rarely provide the breadth of service available in FE and long term training commitment is unlikely to optimised through this route. Moreover, it does nothing to develop colleges capacity to deliver – and simply reinforces a “poor country cousin” image for the (FE) sector. Invitations to tender may be seen as the most competitive and economic way of sourcing training but it takes no account of “externalities”, such as college capacity building and long term relationship building with employers. One has to ask why one would invest so much resource into FE and then not optimise the resource usage.