Major expansion of post-18 education and training to level up and prepare workers for post-COVID economy

  • Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers
  • New entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain and enhancing the nation’s technical skills
  • PM acts to boost productivity and help the country build back better from coronavirus

The Prime Minister will today set out plans to transform the training and skills system, making it fit for the 21st century economy, and helping the country build back better from coronavirus.

Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course – providing them with skills valued by employers, and the opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them.

This offer will be available from April in England, and will be paid for through the National Skills Fund. A full list of available courses will be set out

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Higher ed leaders slam Trump order on ‘divisive’ diversity training

Dive Brief:

  • Leaders from across the higher education sector are criticizing President Donald Trump’s executive order banning diversity training programs the administration deems “divisive.”

  • College administrators and legal experts say the directive, which could apply to public and private institutions, has the potential to erode initiatives designed to combat racism and sexism. It could also curb academic freedoms. 

  • However, enforcing it could prove difficult, and colleges and universities may have trouble figuring out whether they’re in compliance. 

Dive Insight:

Trump issued the executive order earlier this month as an expansion of a similar restriction on government employees. It bars federal contractors from using training that “inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.” 

The order also applies to federal grant recipients. It states that they can’t use that money to “promote” what the White House considers “divisive concepts.” Those

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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

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Selling Power Honors ValueSelling Associates in its First Top 20 Online Sales Training Company Listing

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The Kid Who Masterminded El Chapo’s Secret Phone Network

It came in off the street one day—a tip, a lead, a rumor—whatever you cared to call it, it was one of the strangest things they had heard in their careers. Chapo Guzmán, the world-famous drug lord, had hired a young IT guy and the kid had built him a sophisticated system of high-end cell phones and secret servers, all of it ingeniously encrypted.The unconfirmed report—perhaps that was the best way to describe it—had arrived that Friday in June 2009 when a tipster walked into the lobby of the FBI’s field division office in New York. After his story had been vetted downstairs, it made its way up seven flights of stairs and landed with a curious thud among the crowded cubicles of C-23, the Latin American drug squad. For more than thirty years, the elite team of

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Ambow Education Expands Strategic Partnership with Amazon in Digital Professional Education, Training and Certification

BEIJING, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ambow Education Holding Ltd. (“Ambow” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: AMBO), a leading national provider of educational and career enhancement services in China, today announced that it has expanded its strategic partnership with Amazon built on its online-to-offline education SaaS platform, Huanyujun Education Hub (“Huanyujun”).

In 2018, Ambow and Amazon signed an international cooperation agreement related to Amazon Web Services (AWS) training and certification, agreeing to jointly build a cloud skills training base. The AWS Global Cloud Infrastructure is the most secure, extensive, and reliable cloud platform, offering over 175 fully featured services from data centers globally, spanning 245 countries and territories. The expanded cooperation between Ambow and AWS will not only include both AWS digital and classroom training courses as well as certification services provided by Huanyujun, but also integrate enterprise recruiting programs and training offerings. In summary, Ambow can provide

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VIDA targets training, high-wage jobs for region

Based on economic output, every $1 invested in the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement returns $14.74 in benefits to the communities served, according to an economic impact study prepared for the organization by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

VIDA is a community-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping unemployed, under-employed and low-income individuals and their families escape the cycle of poverty and achieve self sufficiency in the Rio Grande Valley through education and training for higher-skill, higher-wage jobs. VIDA was created in 1995 through local efforts led by Valley Interfaith in partnership with local businesses.

Originally designed to be a two-year demonstration project, VIDA is in its 25th year of operation. Through its educational partners VIDA helps residents to graduate from one- and two-year certificate and associate degree programs or to complete the last two years of a bachelor’s degree and secure employment in demand occupations.

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Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education, training | Colorado Springs News

All 32 public higher education institutions in Colorado will waive their application fees for in-state residents Tuesday, saving incoming freshmen and transfer students some hard-earned cash.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s third Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education and training, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Students can fill out one or more admissions applications to institutions across the state, including public technical schools, community colleges and universities. The CDHE has posted on its website admissions application and fee waiver information for each college and university that will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday only.

The day caps off Colorado Applies Month, a five-week statewide program that encourages high school juniors and seniors, and adults, to select an education or training option best for them, and apply to that program, according to the release.

“Earning a certificate or degree gives

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Meten EdtechX to expand language training offering through investment in Senmiao Education

SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: METX) (“Meten EdtechX” or the “Company”), a leading English language training (“ELT”) service provider in China, today announces that it has entered non-binding negotiations with Beijing-based Senmiao Maoyi International Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“Senmiao Education”) for a potential investment in the company.

Adding Italian language training to its offering will mark another milestone in Meten EdtechX’s growth strategy, building on the success of the Company’s launch of Japanese language training at the start of 2020.

Founded in 2005, Senmiao Education is China’s largest European language training institution abroad and one of the largest European education agencies in China. It has six campuses (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan) and one teaching site (Nanjing) in China, along with four campuses in Italy, making it the only Chinese language school with a campus in Italy. Senmiao Education

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IACET Announces 2020 Awards for Outstanding Continuing Education and Training Programs

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training has announced the recipients of the 2020 Awards. These organizations significantly contribute to the field of Continuing Education and Training and will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on September 24th during the Annual Conference.

STERLING, Va., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The International Association for Continuing Education and Training has announced the recipients of the 2020 Awards. These organizations significantly contribute to the field of Continuing Education and Training and will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on September 24th during the Annual Conference.

IACETs CEO, Casandra Blassingame said, “The IACET Awards Program showcases the best of the best of the nominations presented. Continuing Education and Training providers who earn the IACET Accreditation Standing undergo a rigorous peer-review process that sends a message to their respective industries that they have met or exceeded Standards developed and sanctioned by ANSI. We

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