Investing in the development of courses, and ultimately in those who choose to take them, must be seen as a necessity if we are looking to reduce the number of unemployed in the UK.
London, UK (PRWEB) August 04, 2012
Leading student management system software provider Perspective calls for more investment to be made into further education colleges, following the recent release of a report by Unison that found a significant number of courses and staff were cut during the 2010/11 academic year.
The figures from Unison, which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showed that 61 per cent of the 190 colleges surveyed cut courses and 5,737 posts were also lost in the previous academic year. In the report, the participating colleges stated that the end of grants and the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) was the main reason for the drop.
In a separate report, the Association of Colleges (AoC) also found that enrolments in further education institutions dropped by 1.78 per cent, which could not be directly attributed to the decline in the number of people in the 16- to 18-year-old age bracket.
Paul Davis, the managing director of Perspective, a provider of individual learning plan software, commented: “The economy is currently very uncertain and this has put a pressure on unemployment in the UK. Therefore, more than ever we need to continue to invest in educational courses and staff. The scrapping of funding streams such as the Education Maintenance Allowance has greatly reduced the funds available to schools and we should try to minimise how this impacts the range of courses and quality of teaching available to students.
“Investing in the development of courses, and ultimately in those who choose to take them, must be seen as a necessity if we are looking to reduce the number of unemployed in the UK. Additionally, solutions such as comprehensive student tracking systems are an ideal way to monitor and maximise education opportunities.”
Perspective is a Midlands based provider of learning management products including Collaborative Learning Manager (CLM), Sunesis and individual learning plan platform, Folio. For more information, please visit http://www.perspective-uk.com.