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Bill Rammell Supports LSC Funding Rise Announcement

Bill Rammel, Minister for Further Education, has welcomed the funding rise for colleges announced by the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) this week. The LSC confirmed the increased budget for colleges bringing the total spending to more than £1billion over the last three years. This brings the total budget for participation in Further Education in 2005/6 to £4.99billion, compared to £3.91billion in 2002/3.

The Skills White paper issued in March 2005 outlined the Governments spending plans in four key areas; education and training for 16-18 year-olds, young apprenticeships, improving basic skills of literacy and numeracy and those undertaking their first Level 2 qualification. The White Paper made the case for focussing on adults without basic skills and Level 2 qualifications, and young people who may otherwise leave education at 16.

“A World Class FE System”

Mr Rammell said: “I am committed to creating a world-class further education system. We have invested more money in the sector than ever before ““ an increase of 25% or £1billion over the last three years. But with poor adult literacy and numeracy costing the economy as much as £10billion a year; one of the worst drop out rates at 17 internationally; and too many adults without the equivalent of five good GCSEs we must use this money in the most effective way.

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“The White Paper that we published earlier this year made the case for a system that prioritises those learners who are in the greatest need and set the scene for a fair partnership between the Government, employers and the individual.”

Dan Atkinson.

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