The FE and HE sectors are under immense pressure from funding cuts and demands for improvement in efficiency and quality.
There are currently around 270 FE colleges in the UK, preparing more than 2.2 million students for future careers. It is a vital sector for the UK economy and currently under review by the government seeking a greater choice of courses and better value for money and in the process of adapting to the new apprenticeship levy programme.
Similarly, universities are operating in an increasingly challenging environment. This includes increasing domestic and international competition, uncertainty over Brexit and increasing pressures on the cost base. They have also managed the transition from a largely publicly funded system to one that is now underpinned by fees and loans and is more competitive.
Accelerus Education is a team of turnaround and performance improvement specialists, set up with the express purpose of helping education leaders achieve more. We have a deep knowledge and experience of the education sector developed via working both inside FE and HE organisations and as external advisors.
The clients come to us to access top quality situational experience and to ensure that they have the capacity and capability to successfully create and implement their change programmes. Our mission is focused on delivering better quality and financial outcomes.
We also offer access to our private talent network which can provide temporary executive and project implementation staff.
We focus on ensuring that plans are robust and that the implementation is delivered. Most unsuccessful change programmes exhibit poor implementation, and this is where our skills and experience are focused.
We are helping a specialist education establishment caught in the perfect storm of declining student numbers and dwindling charitable income. Our programme includes a large re-structuring exercise covering staff and estates, strategic re-alignment and property rationalisation.
A large city FE college needed help with a major restructuring programme to meet the demands of the changing funding approach from Government following a period of poor leadership and dwindling student numbers. The work embraces a significant staff restructure >20% of reduction together with quality and curriculum improvements. Overlaid on this is in-depth involvement and engagement with all stakeholoders involved in the FE sector.
We draw on our experience of major change programmes to help struggling organisations back to stability
We can help deliver major change projects on time and to budget
We examine and re-tune operations for maximum efficiency and quality improvement
We have access to top quality resources to complement programme needs if and when required