All FE choices data is available on GOV.UK, DATA.GOV.UK with performance indicators held on the National Careers Service website.
FE choices consists of:
a set of basic information made available in a clear and consistent format
nationally collected and published performance indicator data that measures aspects of performance such as:
learner and employer satisfaction
Information is provided about:
further education colleges and other organisations that receive government funding and offer education and training to people over the age of 16
organisations that offer academic and vocational subjects, apprenticeships and training on and off the job
We publish information about a number of different areas including:
how many people pass the qualification they start (success rates)
learners’ satisfaction with their experience at a college/training organisation
employers’ satisfaction about the service and training they have received for their staff
information about the percentage of learners and trainees who take steps forward in learning or their employment (learner destinations)
1. Structure of FE choices
FE choices has a small number of performance indicators that apply to most providers funded by the Skills Funding Agency, including higher education institutions delivering Further Education.
The table below sets out the FE choices performance indicators and scope for 2015 to 2016:
|Provider grouping||Learner satisfaction||Learner destinations||Employer satisfaction||Success rates|
|General FE colleges||Yes 16+||Yes including all age Apprenticeships||Yes||Yes|
|Sixth form colleges||No||19+ only||No||Yes|
|Specialist colleges (including Art and Design, land based)||Yes 16+||Yes including all age Apprenticeships||Yes||Yes|
|Independent specialist providers||No||No||No||No|
|Dance and drama academies||No||No||No||No|
|Specialist designated institutions||Yes 16+||Yes 19+ only including all age Apprenticeships||Yes||Yes|
|Higher education institutions||Yes 16+||Yes 19+ only including all age Apprenticeships||Yes||Yes|
|Other public funded institutions||Yes 16+||Yes 19+ only including all age Apprenticeships||Yes||Yes|
|Large employers in receipt of a direct grant||No||No||No||No|
|An employer only training its own staff||Yes 16+||No||No||Yes|
1.1 Where we have specified the 16+ age group, you must receive the Skills Funding Agency’s Adult Skills Budget to be eligible to take part in the survey.
2. Using the data
2.1 Colleges and training organisations
Governing bodies, management and supervisory boards, and management teams will find FE choices performance indicator data useful in setting and monitoring progress against their strategic goals and targets.
FE choices data will help you develop the ability to compare performance with other college and training organisations and help to identify and address instances of underperformance.
College and training organisations can use FE choices scores as part of the evidence for their self-assessment and refer to its performance indicators in their self-assessment reports.
2.2 Learners and employers
Learners, parents, employers and their intermediaries have access, through the FE choices data on GOV.UK and the National Careers Service website, to published scores for colleges and training organisations.
The data provides impartial information about how well colleges and other organisations perform, so that you can compare the performance of one organisation with another. This information will help you to make choices about where to go to learn or train for your future.
FE choices data is also available on the National Careers Service course directory pages. This enables prospective learners to view a college or training organisation’s performance indicator scores when making a choice about where to study or train. Learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction and learner destinations information is also available on the National Careers Service - course directory.
3. Contact us
For enquiries about FE Choices, please contact:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0870 267 0001
College and training organisations should quote their UKPRN and provide contact details when enquiring as this will allow us to deal with your request more quickly.