Coalition opens consultation to reform adult education

Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by The Manufacturer

The Coalition is opening a consultation for businesses and organisations to voice their opinions on the issue of future education as part of the New Challenges, New Chances scheme.

The scheme forms the next part of the Government’s plan to reform adult learning and skills provision in England. Proposals included in the consultation are plans to promote high quality teaching and learning for adults and strengthen the skills system by securing a fairer balance of investment between learners, employers and taxpayers.

Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes said: “Our proposals describe the next steps towards a more confident, vibrant further education sector, ready to meet the challenges and seize the chances that a rebalanced, high skill economy will present.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “With better informed, more empowered learners and providers freed from petty bureaucracy, post-school adult learning will take its rightful place at the heart of our communities.”

The consultation closes on October 21 this year. You can voice your businesses’ concerns here.

George Archer