Little to lose, lots to gain
The Government's policy is to substantially increase numbers of higher education students, yet the universities cannot fill current places. For years we have had a policy of widening participation in FE, yet fewer students are enrolled now than when New Labour gained office. The much-vaunted University for Industry flagship - set up to address some of these issues - seems strandd.
We need more teachers, nurses, doctors, police and information technology professionals - all highly predictable ... but we have a skills shortage and will have to buy in from outside. Whatever happened to strategic planning?
The new LSC has a major challenge. We cannot afford a repeat of past mistakes. Policy-makers,funders, programme-planners and providers must work together with mutual sensitivity and trust - a radical and novel approach perhaps, but clearly we have little to lose and a lot to gain.
Future Perfect, Newlands
Drax, Selby, N Yorks