New City College Group Principal and CEO Gerry McDonald has called on the Government to increase funding for colleges in order to avert a national skills crisis.
Gerry and other senior staff joined forces with more than 200 other colleges in the National Day of Lobbying campaign on Wednesday 1 March, to raise awareness about the important role that Further Education plays in delivering the workforce of tomorrow.
Led by The Future Skills Coalition – a partnership between the Association of Colleges; the Association of Employment and Learning Providers; and City & Guilds – the campaign’s message is Mind the Skills Gap.
College leaders united to make sure the message was heard before Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s spring budget on 15 March. Unless there is additional investment in FE, there will be a national shortage of trained, skilled workers in key industry sectors where the economy needs to grow.
People from the local community need to be taught the skills that businesses today are crying out for. Colleges can do this, but unless they are given more money to run the courses and employ the teachers, the skills shortage will only get worse.