The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has made recommendations for the further education sector in their latest research report.
Effective energy and resource utilisation; contribution to sustainable business developments; and contributing to sustainable approaches, technologies, products and services were identified as the most important skills to support the UK in transition to a sustainable economy.
Key challenges faced by Further Education and Skills training providers include capacity building, awareness raising, developing a common understanding of sustainability, top-level support and funding.
A summary of the key points and recommendations includes:
- A clear and consistent message should be given to the FE and Skills sector about what is meant by sustainability and what it means for the Sector and its stakeholders.
- Sustainability should be made an integral part of FE and skills learning providers’ policy, strategy, curriculum and operations.
- Generic skills (often called transferable skills) are as important as industry-specific skills in transition to a sustainable economy.
- A strong sustainability focus should be developed and embedded into the internal and external quality monitoring processes and real guidance.
- A strong sustainability focus should be developed and embedded into the internal and external quality monitoring processes and related guidance.
- Awarding bodies should review the qualifications’ content and expected delivery methods in order to place a greater emphasis on environmental and social developments.
- A representative body should be identified or created to guide and support sustainability elated activity across the sector
Read the full report Sustainability Skills for Growth.
Efficient Tracking and Reporting Systems; Learner Outcomes and Progression.
Slides from Tor Macleod's presentation featured at LSIS project - Getting People Back Into Work best practice sharing seminar.