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Lifetime Skills Guarantee: What’s in the Small Print? #SkillsWorldLive 2.5

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Today (5 Nov) was #FoA2020 – Future of Apprenticeships! Discussing the Lifetime Skills Guarantee are:  Kirstie Donnelly | David Gallagher | Julie Mills | Shola West | Mark Corney

#SkillsWorldLive 2.5: Thursday 8th October 2020

Presented by the Chief Executive of the Federation of @AwardingBodies, Tom Bewick, #SkillsWorldLive is a new radio show that builds on the popular #SkillsWorld podcast series, where Tom interviews leading figures shaping the post-compulsory education and skills systems, including apprenticeships in the UK, and across the world.

Tonight’s Guests:

  • Kirstie Donnelly – City & Guilds
  • David Gallagher – NCFE
  • Julie Mills – Milton Keynes College
  • Shola West – WhiteHat Apprentice BAME network
  • Mark Corney – Campaign for Learning

Read the FE News exclusive Boris Johnson #SkillsWorldLive interview as Tom Bewick asks his top 5 Questions about the Lifetime Skills Guarantee:

#SkillsWorldLive Exclusive: Boris Johnson’s speech at @ExeterCollege on 29th Sept set out the Prime Minister’s plans for a #LifetimeSkillsGuarantee to transform the training and skills system and prepare workers for a post-Covid economy, making it fit for the 21st-century economy, and helping the country #BuildBackBetter.  

In an exclusive interview for #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show, Tom Bewick was able to dig deeper into some of these issues in an exclusive interview with Boris Johnson as he asks the Prime Minister, “Lifetime Skills Guarantee: What’s in the Small Print?“: 

1. How will the Lifetime Skills Guarantee help with the transition from furlough?

The first thing I would say is our support for business has reached, and continues to reach, millions of firms. The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the winter due to COVID, and the Jobs Retention Bonus will incentivise employers to retain furloughed employees.

And, of course, these are just two forms of support on offer to employers during this difficult period. This is why our Lifetime Skills Guarantee is so important, as this will help people train and retrain – at any stage in their lives – and enable us not just to come through this crisis, but to come back stronger, and build back better.

2. How will the Lifetime Skills Guarantee help meet the 3 million apprenticeship target enshrined in primary legislation?

As I set out in my speech last week, you can’t acquire skills in the classroom alone. You need to learn on the job, and not just the theoretical understanding.

That’s why I announced last week that we’ll be expanding apprenticeships, reforming the system so that unspent funds can be used more easily to support apprenticeships not just in big companies, but in the SMEs where there is so much potential for job creation.

And I also said that I want more of these apprenticeships to be portable – so you can take them from company to company, and so apprentices can complete their training even if they move roles – as well as making apprenticeship programmes work better for employers.

With firms such as Balfour Beatty continuing their support, and pledging as they did yesterday to increase the number of apprentices they hire, I am confident young people will continue to see apprenticeships as a brilliant way to get ahead and get the skills our economy needs to grow after coronavirus.

3. How does the Lifetime Skills Guarantee relate to the Apprenticeship Guarantee that you mentioned in early June?

As we recover from Covid, we are going to substantially increase the number of apprenticeships – with the Chancellor’s support package providing a range of support for young people, including incentives for employers to take on apprentices, funding for traineeships, Kick Start placements and funding options for people to stay on at colleges.

This is because we know there is a risk that some young people who would usually have entered the labour market this year might find themselves at risk of becoming neither in employment, in education of training.

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee I recently announced is about providing opportunity over the long term, and to help support more adult to progress and get the skills we know employers value, and that will help our economy to build back better from the pandemic.

4. Will your government implement the recommendations of the Independent Panel of Post-18 Education (The Augar Review) in full?

Well, we have already responded to one of Phillip Augar’s recommendations. Last week, we accepted the recommendation that Ofsted become the single body responsible for the inspection of apprenticeship training provision. This will ensure there is a consistent approach to inspecting the quality of training provision, regardless of the provider or the level of the apprenticeship.

And my commitment last week to a Lifetime Skills Guarantee and lifelong learning loans also go some way towards answering the challenges set out by the review. But Philip Augar obviously put forward a huge number of detailed recommendations, and we will be setting out more detail around our response at the Spending Review.

5. According to the IFS, investment in FE colleges increased by 76 percent between 2000 and 2010. What percentage increase in resources for FE is your government committed to over the course of this Parliament?

We have already announced a significant real terms increase in funding for 16 to 19 year olds in 2020-21 to make sure we can continue to develop world class education and training, as well as £1.5bn to upgrade college buildings and facilities.  

But I recognise there is more to do and that’s why we are today launching the competition backed by £120m to create more Institutes of Technologies so we can continue to equip more young people and adults with the skills and knowledge in key STEM subjects they need to succeed.

We will soon publish our FE reform White paper, which will outline plans to build a high-quality FE system that will provide the skills that individuals, employers and the economy need to grow and thrive.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in an exclusive interview for #SkillsWorldLive

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