Beyond these four strategic pillars, it is important to note that this plan is grounded in the understanding that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) underpins the way we work as a College. ICT therefore, integrates across all pillars. We see it as central to the success of the College in terms of meeting our goals as set out here. This is highlighted in our ICT Strategy Document 2012 – 2015 which identifies a range of strategies for LCFE to fully integrate existing, new and emerging technologies in all aspects of our work.
A second theme identified in LCFE, which integrates across the pillars outlined, is distributed leadership. Strong purposeful leadership from LCETB, from the Board of Management, from the management team at LCFE and from all staff will be required in order to achieve the vision set out in this plan. It is felt that it is only with a team effort and through individual and collective responsibility will LCFE achieve its vision of being an outstanding College of further education.
LCFE will continue to develop a range of nationally and internationally recognised programmes which will provide opportunities for employment and progression pathways for its learners;
LCFE will offer programmes relevant to the market place in line with the stated government priority of combatting youth and long-term unemployment;
LCFE will ensure programmes are relevant, responsive to individual needs and quality assured to the highest standards;
LCFE will work with the LCETB FET Division in the tracking of learner retention, completion and progression rates.
Conducting a learner survey on an annual basis and communicating the feedback to key stakeholders;
Learner success rates at obtaining employment will be measured each year;
Success in achieving enhanced funding for existing and new programmes;
Programme retention, completion and progression rates collected, collated and measured on an annual basis.
LCFE will develop a revised Teaching and Learning Strategy in order to inform and guide this central activity;
LCFE will continue to provide continued professional development opportunities for its staff to meet individual and departmental needs;
LCFE will continue to harness technology to enhance and support the learning experience;
Learner guidance and support will be further developed and improved to respond to the changing needs of the learner;
Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) will be improved and expanded across all campuses;
Learning communities and self-directed learning will be encouraged among learners.
Regional and national awards for excellence, innovation and creativity in teaching and learning;
An annual staff needs analysis will be carried out to determine specific CPD required;
Measurement and on-going monitoring of the learner supports provided;
Measurement of the number of learners using the LCFE virtual learning environment;
Review of programmes and teaching resources/ technology on a yearly basis;
Learning Hubs will be provided within all centres/campuses to encourage self-directed learning and greater learner autonomy.
The College will continue to develop and enhance its main campus and facilities to meet the needs and expectations of learners using the site and extend access to these facilities within the local community;
LCFE will expand to become a regional college of further education and training operating at multiple key sites within the LCETB region and will also explore the development of outreach centres;
The College will engage in highly efficient allocation of capital, estates and human resources at its multiple campuses to ensure the most effective delivery of its programmes in leading-edge, ICT enabled environments. This will be coupled with the creation of new learner-friendly study spaces and contemporarily-designed social areas;
LCFE will continue to engage with the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 – 2020 and utilise technology in an innovative way to greater enhance the outcomes.
Ongoing monitoring of the use of facilities and support services by learners at the main campus through quantitative and qualitative research. Research will also be carried out within the local community through outreach programmes;
Develop additional new sites already identified through the roll-out of the LCFE brand identity and identify further sites for potential future development;
Review individual campus requirements annually and adapt to suit the continuing needs of dynamic programme delivery and the rollout of new market-responsive programmes;
Achieve the latest industry standards in sustainability and the use of energy resources.
LCFE will nurture and enhance existing partnerships with stakeholders in education, industry and the community;
LCFE will identify and develop new partnerships which will create added value for its stakeholders;
LCFE, along with LCETB, will endeavor to engage in the community to encourage greater participation in courses to enhance employment opportunities;
LCFE will endeavor to monitor graduates of the college to determine current progression and employment status;
Learners will be given greater opportunities to take part in European mobility programmes.
LCFE commits to ongoing consultation with key stakeholders to ensure their needs are being met;
LCFE will review its partnerships annually to evaluate their effectiveness;
LCFE will assess participation in local career and employment events and continue to monitor enrolments;
Support the establishment and development of structures to facilitate an active alumni association;
Double the number of learners taking part in European-funded mobility programmes.