Three London FE colleges will work in partnership to ease budget pressures. Tower Hamlets College, Newham College and Redbridge College - which are facing a total of almost pound;3 million in cuts - have formed the Federation of East London Colleges. With a combined income of pound;82 million, more than 30,000 students and 1,300 staff, the colleges will collaborate on services and projects and form a "strong voice" to lobby the government on FE funding. Each institution will maintain its independence and governance structure.
Providers encouraged to apply for pound;100K grants
Colleges and other providers can apply for grants of up to pound;100,000 as part of a programme to improve leadership in FE. The Further Education Trust for Leadership opened the second round of its grant scheme this week to organisations with a "track record of leading thinking". The charity, which received pound;5.5 million of legacy funding from the scrapped Learning and Skills Improvement Service, wants to build a body of knowledge to shape FE. For details of how to apply for grants, visit www.fetl.org.uk
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