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New funding system takes effect

The Skills Funding Agency takes the reins to fund and regulate Adult Further Education and Skills in England from today.

The Young People’s Learning Agency also officially begins its management of 16-19-year-old provision.

Following a transition period over recent months, responsibility for securing education and training for all 16-19-year-olds now lies with local authorities.

The new system aims to streamline the funding allocating process, ensuring flexibility and fairness.

Employers and learners have four direct routes into training: Train to Gain, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Adult Advancement and Careers Service, as well as FE colleges and training organisations.

“It has never been more important to make sure the right people have the right skills to get into new industries and get on in their careers,” says Further Education and Skills Minister Kevin Brennan.

“This new flexible system will drive forward development of new skills at all levels. It will respond to changing demand from employers and learners in the years ahead, and reinforce the freedom of colleges to direct funding to where it is needed most.

“Anyone who wants to get access to some of the fantastic training available should simply get in touch with their local college.”

Susannah Fairbairn

(Pictured: Skills Minister Kevin Brennan)
  

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