To achieve social justice, we need a skills revolution in Further and Higher Education
The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, will give a keynote speech on how further and higher education can best meet the twin goals of helping our economy grow and delivering social justice, so everyone has the opportunity to go as far as their talents will take them.
The UK’s economy has long been held back by a number of weaknesses in our skills base, particularly at basic and intermediate skill levels. In the UK, your life chances are also highly dependent on your background. Access to learning is central to changing this and our future prosperity. Yet nine million adults lack functional literacy and numeracy, and mature and part-time participation in higher education has fallen dramatically.
The speech will look at a range of issues that need to be addressed, including expansion of apprenticeships, reforms of technical education, the skills shortage, the language around parity of esteem, FE funding and the role of both FE and HE in delivering lifelong flexible learning.
This event will consider whether these are heading in the right direction and the step changes needed to deliver a country that works for everyone.
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