Following an initial consultation in July 2021, the Government published a second consultation into implementing a new further education funding and accountability system in July 2022.
This consultation sets out further detail on our reforms to deliver a fairer FE system across the country that effectively supports learners to develop the skills they need to secure high-value jobs and support growth of the economy, and seeks views on how these can best be implemented. We believe our reforms will enable providers to ensure that they are meeting the needs of their learners, employers and the wider area, putting taxpayer investment to the best effect.
The consultation was due to close for responses on 21 September 2022. After listening to the feedback of the sector over the summer, with some stakeholders asking to extend the length of the consultation period, I am announcing that we have extended the consultation’s closing date by three weeks. This means the consultation will now remain open for responses until 12 October 2022.
We will consider the feedback we receive through our consultation and publish a response in due course.