NIACE supports CBI call for high skills provision ‘transformation’

31 July 2013

Responding to the warning today from the CBI, in their report Tomorrow’s Growth, that the UK will fall behind competitors unless skills provision is transformed, Tom Stannard, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, at NIACE, said:

“The CBI is absolutely right to call for high skills provision to be transformed. It’s vital for adults of all ages and stages to be given the flexibility and opportunities to learn in a way that suits them. The ability to ‘earn while you learn’ will be crucial in encouraging more adults back into education. This will undoubtedly provide the highly-skilled workforce that employers are calling for. 

“It is also good to see the recognition of the dramatic drop of 40% of those studying part-time in Higher Education. We support the CBI’s call for ‘strategically important subjects’ to be exempt from the equivalent and lower level qualifications rule which means the majority of part-time students are not eligible for a tuition fee loan. We were encouraged by the Minister, David Willetts MP, when he spoke at our Adult Learners’ Week Parliamentary Reception in May when he acknowledged that, ‘ELQ is a part of the problem’ and while there weren’t the resources to fund it he made a commitment to consider evidence on how the policy might be relaxed to improve participation in particular subjects.”