A new announcement by Downing Street promises radical changes to the adult education system in England, to help boost the post-Covid economy.
This is part of the scheme to help reduce the numbers of people who area out of work, although comes with the re-statement of Chancellor Richi Sunak’s words that he ‘can’t save every job’.
The Prime Minister has announced that adults in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification will be offered a fully funded college course.
Funding for courses offering “skills valued by employers” will be made available from next April, and a full list of the courses will be announced next month.
The offer of courses to adults without an A-level will be paid for from England’s National Skills Fund, which the Conservatives pledged to boost by £2.5bn during last year’s general election.
The government also says it wants to make higher education loans more flexible, with the aim of letting people “space out” their learning throughout their lives rather than in three- or four-year blocks, enabling more part-time study.
It said the changes would be backed by investment in college buildings and facilities, including more than £1.5bn in capital funding.
Further details will be set out in an education white paper later in the year.
Labour has criticised the plans as not providing help for those who need it right now, in the next few months.
You can read more on the BBC website,