International Journal of Applied Management Education and Development (ISSN: 1742-2639) Volume 1 Issue 2
Further Education could be described as having moved from the ‘Cinderella' of the education service to be recognised as a ‘powerhouse for the national economy as well as the way forward for a multitude of people young and old' (Dearing, 1998, p.13). The government has relatively recently changed from Conservative to New Labour and, according to Twining and Ward (1997), as a new government it will change things, ‘by repackaging what is already there, or by adopting and re-branding changes initiated by their predecessors, or by introducing completely new ideas' (p.8). The management force (or controlling force by dint of its funding power) for further education, the FEFC has had to reconsider its aims and modified its corporate plan for 1997-1998 to 1999-2000 in order to take account of the Government's new priorities. The FEFC (1998) report listed these priorities as:
“Welfare to Work and New Deal; raising and maintaining standards and levels of achievement; widening participation and combating social exclusion; inclusive and lifelong learning; regionalisation; collaboration and rationalisation; appropriate funding for additional provision; effective governance and management” (p.1).