Adult learning investment can co-exist with deficit reduction

26 June 2013

Ahead of the Spending Review NIACE published an infographic illustrating why investment in learning for adults can co-exist with deficit reduction.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“Learning for adults, of all ages, has never been more important and the right level of public investment would help deliver a stronger economy. Learning for adults leads to higher productivity, better social mobility and is vital for the population’s health and wellbeing. The economy will also benefit because people will be healthier, social and health care costs will be reduced and people will be able to stay active in work for more years. As parents learn so they in turn boost their children’s achievements in school, helping to achieve long term improvements in skills. This is why we believe that investment in learning and skills for adults can co-exist with a long-term deficit reduction strategy.

“We recognise the government’s determination to reduce the budget deficit. However, any reduction in public expenditure on adult learning would be counterproductive, putting a brake on UK competitiveness.

“Investment in learning for adults is, of course, a shared responsibility. The government has a key role to play in supporting cost-efficiencies by providers and in stimulating greater investment in learning by employers, communities and learners themselves. We therefore also propose further investments to increase individual and employer spending on learning in order to support the economic, social, personal and business benefits which research shows follow on from such investments.”