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@UKLabour - Over 9 million jobs excluded from Conservatives' skills ‘guarantee’ - comments from @TobyPerkinsMP 

Over 9.4 million jobs are in sectors excluded from Boris Johnson’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, new House of Commons Library analysis for Labour shows, limiting opportunities for adults to retrain and gain new skills after the pandemic.

The Conservative Government's failure to manage the impacts of the pandemic has seen the unemployment rate rise to five per cent, 1.7 million people, with sectors such as retail and hospitality, which have faced significant challenges over the past year, worst affected.

However, many of these sectors, from retail and hospitality to travel and tourism, are excluded from the Lifetime Skills Guarantee training offer, despite Conservative claims that the Guarantee would enable all adults to gain a level 3 qualification (equivalent to two A-levels). Across the country this means over a third of all current jobs will be excluded from the training programme, limiting opportunities for the sectors worst affected by the pandemic to rebuild. 

This follows revelations that over half of the qualifications on offer through the Guarantee do not meet the Department for Education’s own definition of a full level 3 qualification, with over a third lacking the required guided learning hours. Adults who already hold a level 3 qualification are also excluded from accessing new training under the scheme, despite Boris Johnson’s claim that he was giving adults the chance to “train and retrain”.

Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills, said:

"You would be forgiven for thinking the Conservatives' Lifetime Skills Guarantee is an April Fool's joke, rather than a plan to help reskill our country after this pandemic.

“The Conservatives' mishandling of the Covid crisis has led the UK to experience the worst economic crisis of any major economy. Their limited plans will now leave millions unable to access the skills they need to play their part in our recovery.

“Minister should urgently widen eligibility for the Lifetime Skills Guarantee to ensure it reaches all adults who could benefit.”

Unemployment rate has risen to five per cent, 1.7 million people. Announcing the Lifetime Skills Guarantee in September the Prime Minister said: “today I want to set out how this government will offer a Lifetime Skills Guarantee to help people train and retrain”

Over 9.4 million jobs are excluded from the Lifetime Skills Guarantee across England, House of Commons Library: 

People employed in industry sectors linked to excluded sub-sector areas

2019, England



Number employed ('000s)


% of all employed





South East




South West




North East




North West








East Midlands




West Midlands




Yorkshire and The Humber




England total




Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)

Research by the House of Commons Library shows the sectors that are excluded from the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, and the number of jobs in each sector. 

People employed in industry sectors linked to excluded sub-sector areas



2019, England




Industry sector

Sub-sector subject area

Number employed ('000s)

% of all employed

Retail and wholesale

Retailing and wholesaling



Accommodation and food service activities

Hospitality and catering



Information and communication

Publishing & information services; Media & communication



Arts, entertainment and recreation

Performing Arts; Sport & recreation; Crafts, creative arts & design; Literature & Culture



Administration of the State and the economic and social policy of the community

Sociology and social policy



Office administrative, office support and other business support activities




Legal activities

Law and legal sciences



Advertising and market research

Marketing and sales



Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities

Travel & tourism



Architectural activities

Architecture; Urban planning



Justice and judicial activities

Law and legal sciences



Veterinary activities

Animal care and vetinary science



Activities of religious organisations

Theology & religious studies



Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities

Social sciences; Geography; History



Translation and interpretation activities




Activities of political organisations








Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)





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