Governance must strengthen FE sector role in local communities

1 November 2013

The AoC Governors’ Council Report, published today, highlights the critical role of Governors and governance in ensuring that colleges are integrated into their local communities. This is a message that NIACE has been keen to support following the Colleges in their Communities Inquiry and its work in localities on learning and skills provision.

Penny Lamb, Head of Policy Development at NIACE, said:

“It’s great to see the college governance being focused on in this report. As we said in the Colleges in their Communities Inquiry it is vital that Governors ensure that the needs of local employers and other partners in the community are reflected in every college’s curriculum. Our current work highlights how governing bodies can work with local partnerships to ensure that the curriculum is informed by current and future local labour market needs. This report provides a useful action plan for Governors’ roles and responsibilities in ensuring excellent and relevant local learning and skills provision. Governors from a wide range of backgrounds are critical to this process to provide effective scrutiny and external challenge. We are looking forward to working with the Governors’ Council to ensure that the actions outlined in this report enable the FE sector to play a vibrant and integral role in local communities.”