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Leeds College of Building backs national funding campaign

October 2018

Leeds College of Building is backing a national campaign which calls for fairer funding, as staff and students prepare to lobby Government.  The college has signed up to the Love Our Colleges campaign, highlighting work done by education institutions across the country, as well as investment in the further education sector and fairer pay for staff. 
Leeds College of Building held an Open Event at its North Street Campus on 16th October to celebrate the opportunities available through further education.  The event allowed students to meet staff, tour facilities, and learn more about the courses on offer at the college. 
The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, which is attracting support from colleges across the country, is calling on the government to increase funding for 16-19-year-olds by 5% a year for the next five years, and to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.  The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is being spearheaded by The Association of Colleges in partnership with the National Union of Students, Association of College and School Leaders, University and Colleges Union, Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union.

There is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. ‘Love Our Colleges’ is calling on the government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years.  It is also asking the Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.

“Our young people are being short-changed compared with their counterparts in other countries and compared with previous generations," says Ian Billyard, CEO, Leeds College of Building.  "The hours of teaching and support, the choice they have and the enrichment they are offered have all reduced as funding cuts have bitten. This cannot continue if we are to secure the future of our nation.”

Leeds College of Building was established in 1960 and is the only specialist further education construction college in the UK.  The college currently has around 6,500 students and offers more than 200 courses related to construction and the built environment. Construction is nearing completion on the new £13 million, 5,200 sq. metre, four-storey college building that will house classrooms and workshops, and feature an impressive central atrium.

More at: https://www.lcb.ac.uk/

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