Avoiding a ‘lost generation’ must be a top priority for the city’s next Mayor, say leaders of every further education college in London in an open letter sent to the Mayoral candidates. As campaigning steps up in the last weeks before election day, London’s colleges insist that whoever wins must improve the education and training of the city’s workers of the future to protect the poorest communities from being shut out of jobs and the chance to better their lives.
Government’s recovery plans in jeopardy because of cuts to adult training funds
The government’s ability to deliver its skills agenda could be severely damaged if it goes ahead with a planned ‘clawback’ of adult education funding, after colleges have been unable to deliver practical courses face-to-face during the pandemic.
In a letter to the Prime Minister @BorisJohnson, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (@Aoc_Info), David Hughes has warned that planned ‘clawback’ of adult education funding puts recovery plans in jeopardy:
Today (Tuesday, 13 April), Association of Colleges has published results from a survey of colleges, revealing the extent of damage to students’ education during the pandemic. A staggering three quarters (77%) of 16 to 18-year-olds are performing below normal expectations, between one and four months behind, with a similar number of adult students (69%) also below where they would normally be at this point in the academic year.
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