It means the nation's further education
workforce is more mature than that of schools, in which the majority - 60% - of teachers registered are younger than 45.
Mr Baker said: "The consultation sets out a range of policy commitments that will establish a world class system of further education
in Northern Ireland.
Among Further Education
learners, 89% indicated that they felt their course was better, or as expected.
Cardiff and Vale also made it into the top three on the shortlist for ColeaguCymru's Innovation in Further Education
award and the prize for Promoting Social Justice and Equality.
With Ofsted proposing a new framework for further education
and skills providers through their Better Inspection for All consultation, this conference could not come at a more critical juncture in the future development of quality and accountability assurance in the further education
and skills sector.
Freedom of information requests elicit the fact that more than half of our universities and 61% of further education
colleges have teaching staff on zero hours contracts.
Almost two thirds of school pupils aged 16 and over do sport at least once a week, compared to 52% of higher education students and 50% of further education
Mr Swales, pictured right, who raised the issue in the House of Commons yesterday, said: "The current allocation of free school meals produces a gross injustice for students who choose to attend further education
and sixth form colleges such as Prior Pursglove and Redcar and Cleveland College.
We have to get the message across to the Government that they risk breaking further education
and if they do break it, it will take years to fix.
The Sutton Coldfield-born man - a former head boy at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield - previously served as Birmingham City Council's further education
officer from 1984 to 1988 after starting out as a lecturer in the North West.
He served as principal of New College Nottingham for nearly eight years, a role which he left last July to become chairman of the Information Authority, a body which oversees data collection in further education
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