In light of the unprecedented set of conditions that could lead to 2.5 million young people and adults being unemployed in the autumn, Holex on behalf of adult community providers and their learners asks government to make decisions now on a range of interventions that when implemented could ease this situation and give people hope and improve the economy. This paper sets out a range of measures for the immediate and longer term. The first section covers practical changes that would instantly support adult education learners and place them in a better place to look for employment when the economy picks up. The second section details action that government should consider to ensure skills development and training is a central element of the recovery process.
@HOLEXPolicy have responded to @GillianKeegan's letter of 23 March 2020 which set out the government’s response to COVID-19 in relation to the Adult Community Education (grant funded) providers and independent / private providers:
Gillian Keegan,Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Apprenticeship and Skills,Department for Education,Sanctuary Buildings,20 Great Smith Street,LONDON,SW1P 3BT
It is time to regroup and determine an offer for the 16-18 year old that the school system forgotI meet many young people who through no fault of their own have found it impossible to get 5 GCSEs at level 4.
HOLEX is delighted that Sue Pember has been recognised for her work in adult education. Sue has been our Policy Director for four years and has worked relentlessly on behalf of the sector and the adult learner. She is seen as a sector leader in adult and further education and gives her time freely to mentor and support service and college leaders.
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