Our Principal Helen Osborne has had an article published in FE Week, discussing the current uncertainty faced with our Adult Education Budget.
Helen suggests that we need to know how we are funded earlier than July 31st to ensure we continue with our good provision:
“The recent partial invitation to tender for the Adult Education Budget has been going on a long time, and the announcement has been put back again. There are plenty of unintended consequences which seem not to be understood by the ESFA: the process has brought tremendous uncertainty and will leave many thousands of adults unable to receive the provision they need.”
She also highlights some of our recent success stories, working with refugees from Syria: Another of our learners, Sayid, comes from Syria and was referred to us by the Job Centre in Brighton. He started studying on an Entry 2 ESOL writing course, and has since progressed to a level one speaking and listening course. He said the following:
“When I came here, I could not speak or read the English language. I was in a bad situation and I was miserable. Then after I registered at the Friends Centre I felt better and felt like my life had started again. I passed the theory test for my driving licence in the English language on Dec 7 2016, then I passed the driving test and have now found work as a delivery driver.”
You can view the whole article at the link here: http://feweek.co.uk/2017/07/11/training-providers-are-facing-uncertain-times/