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Wakefield College backs fair funding call

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Wakefield College backs #fairfundingforcolleges

Wakefield College is joining a national campaign spearheaded by the Association of Colleges (AoC) urging the Chancellor to make funding fairer for colleges.

The AoC is recommending that the Government increase spending on education and training to 5% of GDP - this currently stands at 4.3% of GDP but is forecast to fall at a time when student numbers are rising. This increase in funding would bring us into line with other nations in which young people receive many more hours of tuition and support than in England. Our system is unusual because funding for 16 to 18-year-olds is 22% lower than funding for 5 to 16-year-olds.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Colleges already support over 2 million people nationally, but there are more people who want to improve their skills and the investment by Government is insufficient. They are at the forefront of delivering technical and professional education and training and they can do more with the right investment. Fair funding for colleges is essential for every community and for employers who need skilled people to be successful.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 9 November, 2017

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