Covid: PM promises ‘radical’ shake-up of adult education

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Boris Johnson has vowed “radical” changes to the adult education system in England to help boost the post-Covid economy.

The prime minister said the pandemic had “massively accelerated” changes to the world of work, and made training gaps “painfully apparent”.

He said funding changes could help end the “bogus distinction” between academic and vocational learning.

But Labour said the plans would not make up for “a decade of cuts”.

Speaking at a further education college in Exeter, Mr Johnson said the government cannot “save every job” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

But he added that better training would “give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs”.

He said a new “lifetime skills guarantee” would offer a fully funded college course to all people over 18 in England without

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Boris Johnson announces ‘radical shakeup’ of adult education as Covid-19 forces career changes

Boris Johnson has promised Britons the right to four years of loans for higher education, declaring that “huge numbers” will need to change their jobs because of Covid-19.

In a speech at a further education college in Exeter, Mr Johnson announced the Government would end the “bogus distinction” between further and higher education in expanding the ability to get student loans.

Minister intend to make higher education loans more flexible, allowing adults and young people to space out their study across their lifetimes, while a new “lifetime skills guarantee” offers a fully-funded college course to people over 18 in England without an A-level or equivalent.

The Government will pay for the policy under an £2.5bn boost to England’s National Skills Fund, which has already been announced and will come into effect next April.

“We’ve got to end the pointless, nonsensical gulf that’s been fixed for generations, more than 100 years,

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