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New legislation released today by parliament will revolutionise training, skills, and education in England – Cogent Skills

New legislation released today by parliament will revolutionise training, skills, and education in England

The skills and Post-16 Education Bill will support reforms to post-16 education so that people can get the skills needed to access good jobs. New figures show that further and technical education is estimated to boost the economy by £26 billion. This opens doors for a new angle for post-16 education where all young people have a variety of opportunities available to them besides the traditional route to a good career being reliant on a degree qualification.

Reforms outlined in the bill will help create more avenues into skilled employment, especially skilled sectors needed for the economy such as digital, manufacturing, engineering, and clean energy. This reform will mean more people can get more secure, well paid jobs in their local areas with a view to “level-up” the nation.

Several policies are already in place to deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee as set out last year. But today a new fund has been launched to future proof post-16 provision with an 83 million Post-16 capacity fund.

Education providers are invited to bid for a share of the fund, which will support projects to create more space for areas in which there is due to be a rise of 16–19-year-olds in the academic years for 2022/3. This would include space for technical facilities and classroom spaces.

Key measures introduced in today’s bill

  • Embedding employers in the heart of the skills system, making it a legal requirement that employers and colleges collaborate to develop skills plans so that the training on offer meets the need of local areas.
  • Supporting the transformation of the current student loans system which will give every adult access to a flexible loan for higher-level education and training at university or college, useable at any point in their lives.
  • Introducing new powers to intervene when colleges are failing to deliver good outcomes for the communities they serve, and to direct structural change where needed to ensure colleges improve.

Skills that employers are demanding require immediate or higher technical qualifications. Only 4% of young people achieve a qualification at higher technical level by the age of 25 compared to the 33% who get a degree or above.

The measures in today’s bill will help to deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee ensuring everyone is given the chance to gain the necessary skills.

The skills and Post-16 Education Bill will support reforms to post-16 education so that people can get the skills needed to access good jobs. New figures show that further and technical education is estimated to boost the economy by £26 billion. This opens doors for a new angle for post-16 education where all young people have a variety of opportunities available to them besides the traditional route to a good career being reliant on a degree qualification.

Reforms outlined in the bill will help create more avenues into skilled employment, especially skilled sectors needed for the economy such as digital, manufacturing, engineering, and clean energy. This reform will mean more people can get more secure, well paid jobs in their local areas with a view to “level-up” the nation.

Several policies are already in place to deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee as set out last year. But today a new fund has been launched to future proof post-16 provision with an 83 million Post-16 capacity fund.

Education providers are invited to bid for a share of the fund, which will support projects to create more space for areas in which there is due to be a rise of 16–19-year-olds in the academic years for 2022/3. This would include space for technical facilities and classroom spaces.

Key measures introduced in today’s bill

  • Embedding employers in the heart of the skills system, making it a legal requirement that employers and colleges collaborate to develop skills plans so that the training on offer meets the need of local areas.
  • Supporting the transformation of the current student loans system which will give every adult access to a flexible loan for higher-level education and training at university or college, useable at any point in their lives.
  • Introducing new powers to intervene when colleges are failing to deliver good outcomes for the communities they serve, and to direct structural change where needed to ensure colleges improve.

Skills that employers are demanding require immediate or higher technical qualifications. Only 4% of young people achieve a qualification at higher technical level by the age of 25 compared to the 33% who get a degree or above.

The measures in today’s bill will help to deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee ensuring everyone is given the chance to gain the necessary skills.

Read the official press release on the government website