On 29th September 2020, Boris Johnson delivered a speech regarding Further Education colleges and the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
He praised colleges for their work on helping individuals attain practical skills which are relevant in the current world, “we need those practical skills collectively, as a society and as an economy – more than ever.”
The Prime Minister has announced the ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’ programme which will “help people train and retrain– at any stage in their lives – and enable us not just to come through this crisis, but to come back stronger, and build back better.”
Outlined in this new scheme are the following:
Here at Brooklands College, we are pleased to welcome these new changes which would have positive effects on the Further Education system in the UK.
“This is excellent news for the sector and places colleges at the heart of recovery. We will be responsive to meeting the needs of our local community and enhancing life chances for local people and employers as we work towards a more sustainable future.” Christine Ricketts, Brooklands College Principal
“We believe that colleges should play a bigger part in a more collaborative education and skills system that allows people to train and retrain throughout their lives. Today’s speech is a strong sign that this thinking will form much of the foundation for the upcoming FE white paper and develop a system that works for all adults and not just those fortunate enough to go to university.“ David Hughes, AoC Chief Executive