Other measures to boost the country’s skills, improve opportunities and get more people into better paying jobs were announced today (July 15).
The measures come after the Prime Minister delivered his upgrading speech, in which he stressed the need to increase the value of practical and vocational education through guaranteed lifelong skills, which will enhance skills and will open up opportunities for more people at every stage of their life. .
The government’s successful Skills Bootcamp training programs will be rolled out nationwide, providing an additional 16,000 fully-funded places for adults to upgrade or retrain.
The expansion covers a range of digital and technical training, including in green skills, such as solar power installation, sustainable agriculture, nuclear power and green transport, as well as coding and development software, so that more adults have the opportunity to access skills and training. they need it to lead directly to a job.
A consultation has been launched on the future of the National Skills Fund, which has already helped thousands of adults upgrade and retrain through Skills Bootcamps, and gain access to nearly 400 free courses through the Free Courses for Jobs.
The consultation will seek views on how the fund should be tailored for the future, so that it continues to meet the future skills needs of individuals and employers, expanding opportunities across the country.
Eighteen regions across the country will also be the first to lead work to build stronger partnerships between local employer groups, colleges and other providers through the Skills Acceleration Program, to that the proposed training meets the needs of local communities and fills skills gaps in key sectors. economy, including construction, digital, clean energy and manufacturing. This means that more people will be able to get the training they need to get good jobs near them.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
No matter where you are from, everyone should have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to get a good job, whether it’s starting a new career or improving their skills in their industry.
We have placed skills at the heart of our ambitious reforms, to ensure that we can build back better after the pandemic, by enabling people to acquire the skills they need to build the lives they want.
Today marks the vital next step in our mission to increase opportunity by investing in skills, investing in lifelong learning and investing in communities so people can thrive and prosper, wherever they live.
New career guidance has been released for all schools and colleges to ensure that every young person is aware of all of the options available to them, including learning and technical education opportunities at school. instead of focusing on the traditional university route.
Another consultation was launched on plans to simplify funding for vocational training for adults, while giving colleges more freedom to decide how best to meet the training needs of the local communities they serve, in order to that they can focus on helping more people get good jobs locally.
Julian Gravatt, Deputy CEO of the Association of Colleges, said:
The Department of Education outlined ambitious plans in the Skills for Jobs white paper to improve the way we meet the education and skills needs of half the population and ensure employers have the skills that they need.
Current funding and accountability systems can sometimes be a barrier to these goals. We therefore welcome the open manner in which the Ministry consults on the reforms and look forward to working on the details over the summer.
Skills Bootcamps offer flexible training of up to 16 weeks, so adults have the opportunity to upgrade or retrain in sector-specific skills, including technical and digital training and quick access to a interview with a local employer.
Carl McIntosh, 37, junior software engineer, Wise, a Birmingham-based tech company specializing in the freelance sector, said:
When the pandemic hit, I was laid off from my job in the printing press, but the Coding Skills Bootcamp gave me a whole new life! It really prepares you for the job, teaching you everything from different codes to soft skills like effective communication and teamwork. And the fast track to an interview allowed me to successfully secure a junior software engineer position at Wise. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to Skills Bootcamp and to have been able to join the tech industry.
Since April, adults without full qualification at level 3 (equivalent to level A) have been able to access nearly 400 free courses, via the Free Courses for Jobs offer, ranging from engineering to health through conservation, to help them acquire the skills they are looking for. and open up employment opportunities.
In January, the government introduced vital education and training reforms after 16 years in the Skills for Jobs White Paper, which will ensure that everyone, wherever they live, can acquire the skills which he needs to progress and ensure a great career at any stage of his life. life.
The measures announced today build on work already underway to transform further and technical education, including the deployment of new T-levels, working with employers to create more high-quality learning opportunities, the establishment of a higher technical education system and a network of institutes. of Technology, backed by up to £ 290million.