Public relations items

From hating school to teacher training: one student says how a specialist college changed his outlook on education

20 February 2012

A Hereward College student, Martin Berisford has spoken passionately about how a specialist college has changed his life. Martin admits that his school experience was poor, but Hereward College has had such a positive impact he wants to make a difference to others by teaching adult learners. 

What businesses really want: simple strategies for improving employer engagement and reputation

09 January 2013

Research commissioned by the Further Education Strategy Group provides some interesting insight into what employers want from further education providers to develop their businesses.

What businesses really want draws on this research outlining some strategies to lift the FE profile and secure better long-term relationships with employers.

How can staff advocacy help shape reputation?

09 January 2013

A recent study by the Further Education Strategy Group uncovers what motivates staff to work in FE and how they perceive its reputation.

A great deal of attention is rightly spent on understanding students, parents, schools and communities. This ground-breaking study, however, looks at further education from a staff perspective.

New Challenges, New Chances: Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programme

21 February 2012

Ministers Vince Cable and John Hayes launched New Challenges, New Chances, the reform plan for skills, and an accompanying skills investment statement on 1 December 2011.

New Challenges, New Chances sets out the Government’s overall strategy plans from now to 2015 and builds on the strategy published in 2010. The Skills Investment Statement sets out the adult further education and skills budget for the 2012-13 financial year, confirming plans that were set out in autumn 2010. The principles of fairness and shared responsibility underpin our investment.

'The Missing Million' - The Work Foundation

28 October 2011

The Work Foundation presented to the FERSG on the 20th September 2011 their proposed new research ‘The Missing Million’ into youth unemployment. Their presentation available here, shows how they plan to provide solutions to increase the employment prospects of young people the UK.

VOCADEMIX - Addressing the vocational/academic divide

28 October 2011

Chris Banks, Founder of VOCADEMIX presented to the FERSG on the 20th September 2011 on ways to address the lack of parity between academic and vocational qualifications. His presentation from the meeting summarises how young learners could benefit from a redesign in existing further education awards through a stronger partnership between education providers and employers.


What businesses really want from further education

23 August 2011

The Further Education Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG) has launched ten simple ways further education (FE) can improve its reputation with businesses.

These ten strategies have been identified from recent research commissioned by FERSG into the reputation of FE with businesses.

Employers said that FE colleges and training providers would enhance their reputation by showcasing their impressive state-of-the art teaching facilities and communicating in a way relevant to businesses at all levels.  

Measuring the Economic Impact of Further Education published

04 April 2011

The Further Education Strategy Group welcomes the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills's report Measuring the Economic Impact of Further Education published today.  It presents further proof of the FE and Skills sector's contribution to the economy, businesses and the community as well as the fundamental importance of improved employment prospects for the individuals undertaking learning.

FERSG Annual Report

21 March 2011

Here is the annual report for the Futher Education Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG) outlining our achievements over the past 12 months.   We would like to take this opportunity to thank each member for donating time and expertise to help us reach our aims and look forward to their continued support.

Working Together - Guardian supplement

17 February 2010

How employers and trainers cooperate to build successful companies.

This supplement also showcases:  

  • how further education contributes to Britain’s economy

  • teaching new technologies for a 21st-century workforce

  • vocation, vocation, vocation: how to be a leader in your field.

A Guardian supplement produced for the FE Reputation Strategy Group