What are Further Education Outcomes?
The Further Education Outcomes (FEO) present statistics on the employment, earnings and learning outcomes of Further Education (FE) learners. This publication was formerly known as FE outcome-based success measures (OBSM).
The headline measure (the sustained positive destination rate) shows the percentage of learners staying in education, employment (or both) for at least two terms in the year after they achieved their further education qualification.
This publication uses matched administrative data from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset, linking together learning data with benefits, employment and earnings data to produce statistics on the employment, earnings and learning outcomes of FE learners.
The FE outcomes were published for the first time as experimental data in 2014, covering outcomes for learners achieving their FE qualifications in academic year 2010/11. The statistics have been released annually since then. This year, data is based on learners achieving an FE qualification during 2020/21 and their sustained activity in the 2021/22 academic year. The current release includes revised estimates for academic years prior to 2020/21 to make use of enhancements made to the data since the last publication.
Why do we publish Further Education Outcomes?
We publish Further Education Outcomes to:
- provide clear and comparable information on the success of colleges and further education providers in preparing their students for continued education, apprenticeships, or employment
- encourage institutions to ensure their learners receive the necessary support to prepare for and take up education, apprenticeships or employment
- provide prospective learners with information on the successes of learners that studied similar aims in progressing onto further learning, or gaining employment