But the Education Secretary should put pay and training top of the list. The TUC says FE is now the most casualised profession in Britain. A fifth of lecturers have no recognised teaching qualifications. Pay rates are appalling compared with school teachers' rates. Mr Blunkett talks of superteachers on pound;41,000; superlecturers will be lucky to reach pound;28,000. He has put in place the building blocks for professional training. But the flight from colleges (4,300 full-time-equivalent lecturers this year) will not stop without better pay. The employers and unions are as one on this. Why? Because they know a well-trained, well-paid, profession is needed to deliver on all the other targets.
DAVID Blunkett has struck riches for colleges for the third year running. With pound;600 million, possibly more, from the Chancellor's warchest, he can promise big things yet again (page 2 and FE Focus page 1). The shopping list is endless: better pay, improved training for teachers and managers, cash for the long-neglected Youth Service. There are still neglected buildings, rural areas with precious little transport, and single mothers with no childcare help.
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