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£1.5bn boost for adult further education

The Prime Minister will today (Sept 29) announce plans to transform how adults access further education.

Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course, which will allow them to offer employers a stronger skill set than if they hadn’t taken on any sort of education since leaving school.

According to Government statistics, just 10% of adults in the UK have Higher Technical Qualifications, compared to 20% in Germany and 34% in Canada.

It is hoped that by making higher education more accessible to a broader range of people, this percentage will slowly rise.

These reforms will be backed by continued investment in college buildings and facilities – including over £1.5 billion in capital funding.

In a speech on Tuesday, the Prime Minister is expected to announce a new Lifetime Skill Guarantee. He will say:

“As the Chancellor has said, we cannot, alas, save every job. What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs.

“So my message today is that at every stage of your life, this government will help you get the skills you need.

“We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.”

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