Race equality in Further Education Colleges
As the profile of learners becomes more diverse in response to social inclusion and widening participation agendas, staff who understand the needs of the organisation, its clients and the communities it serves are a college’s most vital asset. The measures outlined in this, the second of the Commission for Black
Staff in FE’s Good Practice guides, are presented in the context of the Race
Relations Amendment and the Learning & Skills Act, both of which have imposed major changes on the sector. In particular, meeting Basic Skills targets and the focus on work-based learning will re q u i re new skills and approaches, and presents genuine challenges to the sector. Recruiting and retaining the best people for the job, regardless of their racial or cultural background, is a pre -requisite for meeting this agenda. This guide may target Black staff, but it represents good practice for all FE employees.