Colleges leaders have challenged the Chancellor to be bold in the spending review next month and continue to rewrite the rulebook on public spending. They argue that now is not the time to revert to shrinking public finances, and that only bold investment in people and skills will truly enable the country to ‘build back better and differently’.
The Association of Colleges (@AoC_info) has warned Treasury to factor in funding for 90,000 extra young people in education by 2024/5 at a cost of £500million. That growth will come from the combined impact of population growth, decreasing apprenticeship starts and a tough labour market but without planned funding increases, places might be hard to find.
@AoC_info - To really level up, government needs to slow down its defunding of qualifications
The Association of Colleges, which represents more than 90% of England’s colleges, has today urged the government to reconsider its plan to defund qualifications which are vital for the economic recovery and prosperity of the nation. More time is needed for the new T Levels to become established before any successful existing qualifications can be defunded.
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