Further Education provides everyone with a chance to learn, improve, and build up their skills. As it is called, it is a secondary form of education which is dedicated for adults (19+). In simple words, it is aimed to anyone who wants to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values. Qualifications range in size and type can be academic, vocational or skills-related, and are grouped together into different levels of difficulty.
Why is adult education important?
1. It is essential to develop new skills and it provides you with the opportunity to retrain as a worker or to improve your skills;
2. Development of the professional and technical qualifications, particularly at higher levels helps the country to succeed, and the economy to grow.
3. It is a second chance for someone who does not have had the opportunity to finish their studies and want to have a career.
4. Since the dawn of technology, the world has been undergoing a rapid transformation, through adult education and a right course it could help you keep up with the changes in the world.
5. Further education sets a good example for future generations because often children think that they end studying after they graduate. But this behaviour should be influenced by adults.
Changes in further education
The further education system in Engliand is funded by Education and Skills Agency through different projects and programmes. According to ESFA statistics, under the settlement, the FE resource budget was to fall by 25% from a baseline of £4.3 billion in 2010-11 to £3.2 billion in 2014-15. In 2016-17, there were around 2.2 million publicly-funded learners aged 19+ in some form of adult education, including 713,600 on an apprenticeship and 535,800 on community learning courses. Around 1,200 providers received some form of public funding to deliver adult education in 2017-18.
Initial ASB funding fell from £2.84 billion in 2010-11 to £2.01 billion in 2015-16, a reduction of 29% in cash terms and 34% in real terms. It should be noted, however, that from 2013-14 onward, part of this reduction associated with the introduction of funding for Advanced Learner Loans and Employer Ownership pilots.
From 2016-17, a new Adult Education Budget (AEB) has been created by combining what were previously three separate funding streams:
• the non-apprenticeship part of the ASB;
• community learning; and
• discretionary learner support.
The 2017-18 skills funding letter was published on 14 March 2017. As with the previous year’s letter, it set out further education funding for the current year and gave indicative budgets up to 2019-20. The budgets for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-19 were unchanged from the indicative funding levels set out in the 2016-17 funding letter.
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