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Further Education: Community Relations

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution further education colleges make to the promotion of community cohesion. (213875)

Further education colleges contribute in many ways to community cohesion with the delivery of ESOL—English for speakers of other languages—training being the most direct. Many FE institutions also provide a key opportunity for young people and adults to mix with others who have different experiences, cultures and faiths, building understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. As a result, FE colleges have an important role in helping young people and adults develop a sense of shared values.