Going local – can we unlock the promises of devolution?

Localism

Blog by Sally Dicketts, Group Chief Executive, Activate Learning
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The government’s productivity plan, published in July, set out a vision to extend the scope of localism in the further education sector.

Following pilots in the north of England, the plan proposed that more regional authorities would take on powers to shape their local skills agenda.

This could lead to more targeted basic skills provision together with professional and technical programmes tailored to local needs, it said.

Good further education colleges are powerhouses of economic development. By working with local authorities and employer bodies they are perfectly placed to bridge skills gaps and drive local economic growth.

In theory then, the more power that is handed to local bodies who understand the local skills and employment needs, the better.

My question is that in a time of austerity there is very little left to localise.

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