FE Colleges are underfunded claims Harlow MP

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ROBERT Halfon, MP of Harlow is campaigning for more funding and told the Harlow School of Journalism ‘we are falling behind other countries.’

FE funding has fallen by a fifth since 2010 due to declining investments in over 16’s education.

Harlow MP and Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon, has visited the college over 70 times during his political career and has relentlessly campaigned for the college and it’s staff.

During his latest visit (February 1), he said: “We should look at other countries such as Germany and Switzerland, they have 50% to 70% of their students doing apprenticeships. Both countries education department know they have to invest in their young people.”

Halfon, Cons, is against further cuts and has said: “I have signed a letter along with the treasury to ask for more funding and we are currently speaking to the government to show that we are falling behind other countries.”

Last December Halfon, was interviewed by presenter, Cathy Newman about the education system in the UK.

He told her: “We have to identify the social injustices all the way through our education system. We need to take radical solutions, we need to invest in much more in-degree apprenticeships to give a ladder of opportunity for more backgrounds.”

Skills minister, Anne Milton, quoted in FE Week, said FE had historically “fallen against other sectors”. She told the Education Select Committee she was “constantly” battling with the treasury for more funding.

Business secretary, Sajid Javid, who studied at Filton Technical College, is quoted in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) as defending the government’s plans for apprenticeships stating that they will benefit companies as well as learners.

Mr Javid, said: “Total funding going through FE will go up by 13 percent in real terms by 2020”

He acknowledged that the FE cuts had left colleges around the country in financial trouble and that was why local area reviews were being under taken.

The photograph shows National Council for the Training of Journalists diploma students meeting Robert Halfon.

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