Driving performance through insight

Further education changes and challenges

Marketwise Strategies works with further education colleges and other learning providers to research new markets, inform programme development and gain insights into students’ and stakeholders’ perceptions. Public and third sector bodies also come to us for research to inform education and learning solutions.

In recent years, FE marketing has become increasingly challenging, as budgets are squeezed and efficiency gains are emphasised.  Alongside competing offers within the 16+ marketplace, these create some important challenges for marketing tasks and the marketing function.

How we help

Our research helps further education colleges, training providers and developers of online learning products, to

  • Assess demand for potential new programmes and products
  • De-risk, develop and position new projects and initiatives, from online learning portals to sector-skills initiatives
  • Position new programmes against local and national competition
  • Develop promotional messages and target promotional campaigns
  • Build stakeholder relationships.

All of our projects are conducted by teams of experienced education market researchers and marketing professionals, supported as required by digital and software specialists.

Working together

When we work with learning providers, Marketwise Strategies brings not only high level expertise in marketing and research but a real understanding of the further  education and skills marketplace, its opportunities and its challenges.

Many of our researchers and consultants have worked in further education and training, as lecturers and/or managers. Their experience includes teaching on academic and professional programmes, and developing marketing messages and materials for short courses and distance learning degrees.

Our Managing Director Jacquie Potts BA (Hons), MA, DipM, MCIM, MCMI, CMRS, Chartered MCIPD brings several years experience in teaching and commercial roles in further education, and in HRD within the engineering industry.

To discuss research or strategy support in Further Education and Skills, contact Jacquie Potts or Dr John Gibson on 0191 2614426, or complete our email contact form.