Friday 11 August 2017
The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has now agreed a new schedule of fees for Adult Community Learning courses offered by the College of Further Education from September.
Contrary to various media reports, fees for the new academic year had not been agreed until the Committee met with the College of Further Education Principal earlier this week.
'We have carefully considered the need to ensure that the College operates as efficiently as possible alongside maintaining the accessibility of these courses which are important to our community,' said Committee President, Paul le Pelley.
'There will be fee increases for the coming academic year but these will be limited to between £20 and £50 per course and no way near the figures that had previously been suggested by some.
'We will still be subsidising the majority of these courses but our losses will be minimised as the College continues to work hard to operate more efficiently and realise savings,' said Deputy Le Pelley.
'We have a responsibility to ensure that all our services provide value for money and that we operate within the financial limits the Committee is given. These new charges will not mean we are able to recover the full costs of delivering these course over the next year but will go a long way towards reducing the losses.'
If all courses operate as planned with the minimum numbers required then overall losses would reduce to around £50,000 per annum. Course costs are based on direct teaching costs plus a contribution to the College's overheads such as general operating costs, management and administration costs.
By way of example:
- Range of sewing courses (16 hours of teaching time) will increase from £70 to £110 (full cost recovery would be £200),
- Digital photography courses (16 hours of teaching time) will increase from £120 to £140 (full cost recovery would be £240)
- Birdwatching (24 hours of teaching time) will increase from £80 to £120 for the full course (full cost recovery would be £240)
- Introduction to Beekeeping (20 hours of teaching time) would increase from £90 to £130 (full cost recovery would be £214)
- RYA Day Skipper (50 hours of teaching time) will increase from £210 to £240 (full cost recovery would be £536)
College of Further Education Principal, Louise Misselke, says the full price list will be published in the College prospectus which is due out at the end of the month.
'I am delighted that we have now finalised the pricing strategy for all our course fees, and Adult Community Learning is part of that work,' said Mrs Misselke.
'The College of Further Education together with our Finance team have been working hard to better understand all the costs incurred within the College and develop an approach to pricing courses which meets the States of Guernsey policy but also importantly offers opportunity for all to engage in learning. The College is now finalising its Prospectus which will be published on our website and available in hard copy in a number of places around Guernsey very soon. Please do contact us for information about the courses on offer.'
The College will be writing to all current adult community lecturers to advise them of the changes in advance of the publication of the prospectus.