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Our response to Government’s free courses plan in FE Week

Kurt Hintz, Interim Executive Principal at Capital City College Group, has responded to the Government’s new proposals to offer free Level 3 courses to adults in this week’s FE Week.

CCCG already offers free courses up to Level 2 and free short courses up to Level 3 across all its colleges – City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.

Kurt explains how he had previously recognised the main barrier to adult education was cost, which led to the start of free courses at CONEL and the impact this had on enrolments.

He adds that further introduction of free short courses at CONEL became another driver for mainstream courses, and how the college’s success led to free courses being extended across CCCG.

Kurt also emphasises why the extra Government funding for the Level 3 courses is needed urgently and why the money should be devolved to local education budgets.

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