How would an FE college go about setting up a Career College? Can any College apply to set one up or are there requirements in regards to the Colleges performance levels?
FE colleges may express an interest in setting up a Career College if they have been judged by Ofsted to be Good or Outstanding and have sound financial health.
The Government has specified requirements for the education of 14 to 16 year olds in FE colleges, which would also need to be adhered to. Critically, there would need to be substantiated demand for the proposed specialist provision of each Career College, supported by employers, with real work prospects available for young people.
Employers and industry bodies may also express an interest in opening a Career College and need to be the driving force to clarifying their industry needs, shaping the curriculum for their sector and supporting and mentoring learners to ensure their effective preparation for work.