Research and analysis

Further education sector: competition issues

Explains how competition affects the further education sector and gives practical guidance for FE providers. BIS research paper number 141.


Competition issues in the further education sector


Provides practical information and guidance on competition issues in the further education (FE) sector for FE providers.

It aims to help colleges and training organisations take advantage of the new freedoms and flexibilities introduced in ‘New Challenges, New Chances Further Education and Skills Reform Plan: Building a World Class System’.

The guidance aims to support effective competition in the FE sector. It highlights potential impacts that certain business decisions can have on competition, and provides recommendations on how to mitigate these risks.

Published 8 October 2013