The Love Our Colleges campaign aims to highlight the brilliant work that goes on in colleges, and the staff that make it all possible. It is also our opportunity to call on government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff.
Over the last decade, colleges have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut, whilst costs have increased dramatically during this time. This has resulted in a drastic drop in learning opportunities for adults, fewer hours of teaching and support for young people, teacher pay at less than 80% of schools and support staff seeing no increase in pay for several years. This situation is not sustainable and ultimately impacts upon students, businesses, communities and the wider economy.
Colleges help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth; they are rooted in and committed to their communities and drive tolerance and well-being. They are an essential part of England’s education system – educating and training 2.2 million people every year.
Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College are supporting the campaign and have written to our local MPs to encourage their support.