Boris Johnson to Unveil Funding Boost for U.K. Adult Job Training

(Bloomberg) — Boris Johnson will unveil plans to boost training for adults Tuesday as his government seeks to tackle rising unemployment and provide the skilled workers businesses say they need.



Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, departs from number 10 Downing Street on his way to make a statement in Parliament in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May slammed Boris Johnson's plan to break international law over Brexit, and said she won’t vote for it in Parliament.


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Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, departs from number 10 Downing Street on his way to make a statement in Parliament in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May slammed Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law over Brexit, and said she won’t vote for it in Parliament.

The U.K. prime minister will announce a package of measures to provide support for ongoing vocational education so employees and people who are out of work can retrain and gain new skills.

More than 700,000 people have already lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus restrictions and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said last week he expects the “tragedy” of unemployment to affect many more as the U.K. economy is crimped by the pandemic and government support is withdrawn.

“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,” Johnson will say in a speech on Tuesday, according to extracts released by his office. “We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.”

Measures to be announced by Johnson include:

Free college courses for people without post-16 school qualificationsMore flexible higher education loans, allowing training to be split over a number of years and institutionsAdditional funding for further education collegesMore cash to encourage small companies to employ apprenticesInvestment in “boot camps” for digital skills, engineering and construction

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