North Devon MP welcomes improved education and training opportunities


Adults and young people across the country will benefit from more flexible and high-quality education and training.

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, welcomed the increased opportunities to help more people access more skilled and better paid jobs.

£ 150million has also been awarded to 100 colleges and universities to upgrade their facilities and equipment to improve access to higher technical training and flexible courses in key subjects. The Petroc College of Further and Higher Education, here in North Devon, has received more than £ 23,000. This funding will boost access to higher technical training and help fill regional skills gaps and start upgrading local economies.

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, said: “Such funding is essential to improve our local economies and close the skills gap. .

“Petroc does a great job here in North Devon and now offers so many different courses. As a former teacher, I am a firm believer in the benefits of lifelong learning and urge anyone here in North Devon who is interested in improving their employment prospects to contact Petroc and see what additional skills they could acquire.

Selaine Saxby with Sean Mackney

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “Ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their age or stage of life, is an essential part of our mission to achieve this. country level.

“These measures, including our new short courses and nine new institutes of technology, will improve access to higher quality and flexible education and training – giving people the chance to learn to at a pace that suits them, while ensuring that we have the skilled workforce necessary to stimulate our economy.

People seeking to improve or retrain will have access to more than 100 short training courses from September next year, lasting from six weeks to one year, helping them to space out their studies and to learn from one another. pace that suits them. More than 20 universities and colleges will offer courses in subjects where there are skill shortages, such as digital, net zero, education, STEM and health, providing an alternative to studying a traditional three-year diploma.

In addition, young people starting new T-level qualifications in 2023 in subjects such as media, broadcasting and production, animal care and management and catering are also expected to benefit from an investment of over 150 million. in pounds sterling to modernize teaching facilities and equipment.

The Department for Education has also confirmed that students taking courses, including T-levels, will get an additional £ 615million boost in the 2022-2023 fiscal year so that every youngster can continue to access the training they need to be successful. The cash injection will see funding per student increase by more than 8%. This includes funding for an additional 40 hours of education per student to help them make up for learning lost due to the pandemic. On top of that, funding for high value courses – those which provide the skills the country needs and which can lead to higher salaries for students – and expensive courses, including building and construction, will be also increased.

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Student funding will also be available for students taking the courses, marking the next step in the development of the government’s Lifetime Lending Right, which from 2025 will offer individuals a loan right of the equivalent of four years of study after 18 that they can use flexibly throughout their lives.

Colleges, schools and high schools issuing T levels can bid for a share of over £ 150million – from the fourth wave of the T Level capital fund. The funding will be used to renovate buildings and facilities, including the creation of training kitchens for catering students, studios for media students, and facilities for agriculture classes such as milking parlors. interns or laboratories to learn more about earth sciences in preparation for students starting classes in September 2023..

The Chancellor announced in the budget that an additional £ 1.6bn would be invested in education and training for 16-19s by 2024-25 compared to fiscal year 2021-22. Today the Department of Education released details of how £ 615million of this funding will be invested next year.

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