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29 September 2020

Government sets out plans to expand the training and skills system to 'help the country build back better from coronavirus'

Sub-theme: Education


The government sets out plans to 'transform the training and skills system'. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a new 'Lifetime Skills Guarantee'. Adults without an A level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course. They are able to study at a time and location that suits them. The offer will be available from April 2021 and paid for through the National Skills Fund. A list of available courses will be set out shortly. Higher education loans will also be made more flexible to enable 'adults and young people to space out their study across their lifetimes, take more high-quality vocational courses in further education colleges and universities, and to support people to retrain for jobs of the future'. Apprenticeship opportunities will be increased by providing more funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take on apprentices. The government also announces committing £8m for digital skills boot camps, expanding on pilots in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and introducing programmes in four new locations. Boris Johnson says 'we cannot, alas, save every job. What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs. We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain'.


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