The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 under the Withdrawal Agreement reached in late October 2019. Forty five years in the EU has made a difference to the college sector. Brexit means changes relating to the rights of EU nationals, access to publicly-funded FE courses by EU nationals, teacher recruitment, food supplies, data protection and the regulation of services. Many of these changes will take time to come into effect. However, the impact on colleges is less than in other areas of national life; the vast majority of college income and regulations come from UK sources while most college spending is on UK-based staff, not on supplies or services provided from the EU.
Since the 2016 EU membership referendum, AoC has produced a range of resources to help colleges prepare for Brexit and to position to government the issues that make a difference for colleges. This website explains the main Brexit implications for colleges:
- The withdrawal agreement & transition period
- The future UK-EU relationship
- No deal
- Recruiting and retaining teachers
- Students of sixth form age, adult learners and apprentices
- European Social Funds
- Changes to regulations (state aid, procurement)
- Student Mobility and Erasmus
If you have any queries, please email AoC.