Response to Policy Exchange professional and technical education report19 October 2015
A new report from Policy Exchange, ‘Higher, further, faster, more – Improving higher level professional and technical education’ makes a convincing case for redeployment of increasingly scarce public resource for education and training.
NIACE chief executive David Hughes said:
“NIACE is pleased to see that Policy Exchange are joining us in advocating a universal and unified post 19 funding and student loans system together with a call for personal learning accounts to give people greater control and access to learning throughout their lives. These were key issues within our submission to HM Treasury ahead of the Spending Review.
“The Spending Review is an opportunity to redress the balance between employer demand for technical and professional skills and the need for good jobs, with ever-dwindling public investment in further education provision. Further education is of course one of the best ways to increase productivity and help secure economic growth locally and nationally. But we shouldn’t forget the FE sector’s success in promoting social inclusion through community learning and working directly with the most disadvantaged young people and adults. Ambitious plans for technical and higher skills are great, but we must ensure the pathways for people to get there are not lost.”