Andrew Hunter Collab Group, Skills, Training, Colleges Back to list Blog 20.03.18 Business thinking for future FE success Looking ahead to the FE National Conference Capita’s FE National Conference returns to the Radisson Blu East Midlands on 17-18 April 2018. This year’s event will explore some of the key drivers for why colleges need to start thinking and acting more like a commercial business. Business thinking for future FE success The National Conference has now been a fixture in the FE calendar for over 15 years. This is my first conference, so I’ve had the added pressure to make sure it lives up to expectations! This year’s theme is Business thinking for future FE success, and I’ve really enjoyed working with Capita FE colleagues and partners to put a programme together that will provide ideas and insight for you to take away and share with your teams. With the review into a potential expansion of higher education in colleges, research into FE student communication, and the growing strategic importance of digital technology in the news, I wanted to highlight three sessions to look out for on day one of this year’s conference: Delivering HE in FE - Challenges and Opportunities for Growth Improving Student Retention and Business Efficiency Why Technology Should be a Priority for Every College Leadership Team As Collab Group’s exclusive partner for Further Education and Technology Services, I’m delighted that this year’s programme also features contributions from several member colleges, including NCG, Gloucestershire College, Activate Learning and Capital City College Group. Collab Group members are shaping the future of FE provision and Capita is proud to be part of this sector-wide discussion. Book your free place Day one of the conference is open to both Capita UNIT-e customers and non-customers, and is free to attend. You’ll have the chance to join other principals, heads of information services and college senior leaders to discuss new requirements in the FE landscape with sector experts, colleagues and peers. The full conference programme is now online, and you can book your free delegate place. I hope to see you there! Andrew Andrew Hunter is marketing manager for further & higher education at Capita. He has over 12 years’ experience in the education sector, most recently with UCAS where managed the communications for their Post-16 and Teacher Training admissions services. Previously, Andrew worked in educational publishing, leading the Secondary & Vocational marketing for both Oxford University Press and Nelson Thornes.