As an advocate for improving access to FE locally and throughout our international network of partners serving UK bound students, the college has collaborated in various surveys aimed at identify barriers to participation. From developing an in-depth understanding of these barriers the college can better facilitate FE partnerships and bridging services.
Data collected in addition to the college’s long-term stake in serving the local community has found situational barriers to be most prevalent. These findings reinforce Frisby College’s position on developing flexible training with a student-centred approach.
In conclusion to these indicators the following situational barriers form the college’s primary areas for improvement and development.
Busy work schedules
Potential FE students who are willing learn for professional development will likely already be working to earn. Due the busy schedules in the work place, they may not get enough time to attend an educational institution consistently.
Family and children
This barrier is likely to be gender biased, particularly for women of ethnic heritage adhering to more traditional beliefs. Even today with better equality policies enforced, in many societies’ women are still considered responsible for the family and children’s’ upbringing.
Lack of affordable child-care services
Child care services, although widely accessible locally highlight additional cost to be calculated into FE study long-term. Often with an already stretched monthly budget, the combination of FE and regular childcare fees increase the risk of financial hardship.