Our Strategy

Our Vision
Inspiring people and changing lives through excellence in education and training

College Values
Excellence in everything we do
for individuals, enabling equality, diversity and inclusivity
Innovation in how we work, develop and continuously improve
Celebration of the success and achievement of our students and staff
 for the College and its students to be the best they can
Support for students and staff by providing care and promoting well-being and resilience in a safe and protective environment

Furness College Strategy 2019-2022

Objective 1: Inspire
To inspire individuals through a rewarding, supportive, safe and inclusive environment

Success Factors

  • Promote and embed the College’s vision and values throughout all aspects of the organisation
  • Gauge and act upon the views of stakeholders, and value and embed student voice activity to ensure the College continuously improves
  • Regularly review the curriculum and develop the team in order that the College meets the current and future needs of students and supports local and regional economic growth
  • Further develop the diverse and inclusive culture to create a positive learning environment which is committed to equality, maintaining a zero-tolerance approach to all harassment and discrimination
  • Develop the resilience of students and staff by actively supporting mental well-being and promoting a culture of openness and understanding which develops positive team-working
  • Advance students’ employability skills and foster a culture of innovation and enterprise, alongside academic and vocational excellence
  • Celebrate the achievement and progress of our students, employers and colleagues, creating a reputation of excellence at local, regional and national level

Objective 2: Succeed
To raise individual aspirations, create opportunities and promote personal development and progression by delivering high-quality inclusive education and training

Success Factors

  • Undertake rigorous self-assessment, set challenging targets for improvement, measure progress and take actions to achieve excellence and improved student outcomes
  • Deliver an exceptional learning experience and first-class resources, maximising opportunities to share excellence between the campuses and other delivery sites, including through subcontracted provision in line with the College’s Supply Chain and Fees policy
  • Ensure high performance through excellence in teaching, learning and assessment
  • The College to set high expectations for all students by setting aspirational targets, measuring progress and challenging learning, to ensure they achieve their full potential
  • Provide comprehensive, current and impartial careers information, advice and opportunity guidance
  • Provide the highest level of support to students in order that they secure successful destinations and achieve their aspirations
  • Maintain and build upon the College’s chartered status, demonstrating that the College is leader in the Further Education sector

Objective 3: Contribute
To contribute to the success of Furness

Success Factors

  • Deliver a flexible, demand-driven and growing programme of training for employers, including apprenticeships and professional courses, and maximise funding opportunities
  • Contribute to and be a leader in regional economic growth through a high-quality, demand-driven curriculum offer which is developed through actively gauging the needs of individuals and employers
  • Continue to be the lead provider of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills training in South Cumbria, promoting the importance of STEM subjects including through involvement in wider engagement activities
  • Liaise with employers to maintain a comprehensive student entitlement to high-quality and meaningful industrial placements and work-related activities
  • Work closely with local and regional organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, schools, universities and local authorities, and contribute to the development of skills in the workforce and address current and future skills shortages
  • Support the wider community to develop its well-being and economic success
  • Maintain the successful partnership with BAE Systems and other key employers, expanding into new programme areas

Objective 4: Prosper
To be financially successful through efficiency, cost-effectiveness and the delivery of sustained income.

Success Factors

  • Maintain the College’s strong financial health and future prosperity through maximising opportunities to grow income and bringing about the necessary efficiencies in the delivery of the College’s curriculum and services
  • Develop new programmes in line with business need, including apprenticeship standards, T levels and professional programmes, attracting funding and full-cost income
  • Foster a culture of innovation, enterprise and measured risk which leads to demand-driven curriculum development, appropriate diversification, sustained income and improved work practices
  • Focus on partnership opportunities, working with other high-quality providers and employers in the region
  • Continue to invest in the development of the staffing team and cutting-edge facilities to maintain the College as a leader in the provision high-quality education and skills training, particularly STEM subjects
  • Provide regular and robust performance data to the Corporation, including forecasts, emerging risks and opportunities, enabling the required level of scrutiny to inform leadership actions
  • Promote the College to all employers and the wider community, ensuring they have a good understanding of how the College can positively impact their business

LA14 2PJ
Rating Lane
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Contact Us Tel: 01229 825 017 (Channelside Campus)
Tel: 01229 828 377 (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Email: info@furness.ac.uk
Business Support Tel: 01229 844 836
Email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk