Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course under plans to be announced today by the Prime Minister under plans for the expansion of post-18 education and training to level up and prepare workers for a post Covid world
Higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing 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.
In a speech on Tuesday, the Prime Minister is expected to announce a new Lifetime Skill Guarantee Boris Johnson 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.”
He will add:
“We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.
Apprenticeship opportunities will also be increased, with more funding for SMEs taking on apprentices, and greater flexibility in how their training is structured – especially in sectors such as construction and creative industries where there are more varied employment patterns.”
The government is also committing £8 million for digital skills boot camps; expanding successful pilots in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and introducing programmes in four new locations.
From next year, boot camps will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering, helping the country build back better and support our refreshed Industrial Strategy.
Earlier this year the government launched its free online Skills Toolkit, helping people train in digital and numeracy skills. This is being expanded today to include 62 additional courses.
£2.5 billion is also being made available through the National Skills Fund to help get people working again after COVID, as well as giving those in work the chance to train for higher-skilled, better-paid jobs.