Ministers to offer ‘free college courses and digital boot camps’ in post pandemic jobs plan

Digital ‘boot camps’ will be offered to help people retrain and reskill after the economic fall-out of the coronavirus crisis, Boris Johnson is set to announce Tuesday.

The courses will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering next year.

Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course from April – and can study at a time and location that suits them.

Higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing adults and young people to space out study across their lifetime. There will also be more apprenticeships, especially in technical areas.

Mr Johnson is planning to 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

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China Still Expanding Xinjiang Re-Education Camps, Report Says

Satellite images of a camp that opened in January in Kashgar, shown here during its construction from 2019 to 2020, according to ASPI.

Source: Maxar/Airbus via Google Earth

China is continuing to invest in detention camps in Xinjiang, according to a new research report, findings that could bolster calls to punish Beijing over its human rights practices in the predominately Muslim region.

At least 61 suspected detention facilities showed signs of new construction between July 2019 and July 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said in a report released Thursday. Some 14 such centers were still under construction this year after Xinjiang authorities said that all detainees had “graduated,” said ASPI, an Australia- and U.S.-backed research institute that has been tracking the camp network for more than two years.

About half of the recently expanded camps had greater security features, suggesting a shift toward

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