16th October 2019
York College is supporting Colleges Week 2019 by highlighting the wonderful work colleges do and the need for long-term term investment in colleges in the future.
The College is joining in the national #LoveOurColleges campaign, with staff and students completing pledge cards to send to local MPs, asking them to call on the government for better investment in colleges and fair pay for college staff. In recent months the government has committed to colleges, to be followed up with sustainable, long term funding. York College is therefore using Colleges Week to highlight the issue further, asking Rachel Maskell MP to ensure this remains a priority going into next year’s long-term spending budget.
York College is at the heart of the local and regional community, working with businesses and helping to educate and train many young people and adult learners each year. Despite this, York College and other colleges in the country have had to deal with an average of 30% cut to its funding over the last decade.
Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal of York College explains: “Our aim is to ensure that all our students are properly equipped with the skills needed to make a difference in whatever discipline they choose. Colleges Week not only highlights the need for proper investment to make this happen but also showcases the amazing place York College is for students and staff. This week of action comes at a crucial time, the big contribution further education makes to society must be recognised and long-term investment is vital if we are to have the successful economy we need post-Brexit.”
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.”