New government reform to boost skills and jobs


College News and Communications
Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:51

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Today (21 January) Education Secretary Gavin Williamson published a Skills for Jobs White Paper that aims to transform post-16 education and training, boost skills and get more people into work.

The government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper sets out the Lifetime Skills Guarantee: a blueprint for a post-16 education system that will ensure everyone, no matter where they live or their background, can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives.

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee will offer tens of thousands of adults the opportunity to retrain in later life, helping them to gain in-demand skills and open up further job opportunities. This includes the chance for adults without a full level 3 qualification (A-level equivalent) to gain one from April 2021 for free in a range of sectors including engineering, health and accountancy. Meanwhile, Skills Bootcamps - free, flexible courses of just 12-16 weeks - are giving adults the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. A Lifelong Loan Entitlement will also make it easier for adults and young people to study more flexibly, which can be used over their lifetime and for modules of a course.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our reforms to post-16 education will focus on the skills people and business need for our economy to grow. As we recover from the pandemic, our Lifetime Skills Guarantee will ensure everyone has the confidence and opportunity to gain the skills they need to progress at any stage of their lives.

“These reforms are at the heart of our plans to build back better, ensuring all technical education and training is based on what employers want and need, whilst providing individuals with the training they need to get a well-paid and secure job, no matter where they live, and in the sectors that are critical to our future economic success.”

Mike Hopkins, South and City College Principal, added: “We are delighted as a college that the Government sees the importance of lifelong learning and the role further education colleges will play in a post-COVID world. The sectors targeted by this reform, including construction, digital, clean energy and manufacturing, are areas we already have considerable experience of, which means we are already in a good position to provide what is needed and look forward to playing our part in the recovery of Birmingham’s communities and economy.”

Want to find out more? Read the white paper on GOV.UK.