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City Lit supports Colleges Week

Story added 16th Oct 2019

Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Love our Colleges’ campaign, this week the Association of Colleges is dedicating 14-18 October to Colleges Week 2019 by highlighting the amazing work colleges do and why long-term investment is crucial for the future of further education. 

As part of Colleges Week, City Lit is joining the #LoveOurColleges week of local activity. Events are taking place all week and Wednesday will see students, staff and the local community sign and send pledge cards to local MPs. The government has committed to colleges in recent months but this must be followed by sustainable, long term funding. 

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “The £400m funding boost announced in the spending review and the Secretary of State’s speech at the Conservative Party conference showed that the government is committed to investing in further education and skills. However there are many funding and policy challenges to grapple with to ensure colleges can thrive in the long term. Now more than ever we need highly skilled, well-educated workforces to deliver for our economy and country. 

Colleges Week this year is about celebrating the amazing work colleges do, educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds. Colleges have been neglected in recent years and proper funding for adult education is still urgently needed. This week is about making our voices heard and campaigning with partners to make sure colleges continue to be a serious political, economic and social priority.”  

Phil Chamberlain, Executive Director External Engagement at City Lit said: “Here at City Lit, we believe that everyone has the right to learn and improve themselves. Adult education is vital to any society and this has been well documented – for economic and social reasons, but also individually for people’s health and wellbeing. In addition to that, we are all living and working for much longer. The skills we left school, college or university with won’t sustain us through this extended working life. Life is more stressful and can be isolated – in a digital world – an adult education has the wonderful ability to give people opportunities to find their passion and interests to relieve stress, find their creative side, and of course, come together with people from different walks of life. City Lit’s offer is extensive, with almost 6,000 short daytime, evening and weekend courses. It has grown to reflect market demand and meet the needs of a diverse London population. Many courses are specifically targeted to either help people gain employment, to help people develop skills that will further their career and to support London businesses by providing courses that address known skills gaps.”

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The Love Our Colleges campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).