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Technology: Training

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL16929, tabled on 3 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to re-train low-skilled workers to help them gain employment in the technology sector.

Answered on

12 July 2019

The National Retraining Scheme is part of the government’s response to the transforming world of work, where jobs are continually changing because of technological changes. This scheme targets adults whose jobs might be at risk from future changes to the economy, such as changes brought about by automation. It will offer them the support that they need to retrain into a better job.

For many adults, the lack of sound basic skills will be a significant barrier to being able to apply for most jobs and develop their careers. Without such skills, they may struggle to progress from low or unskilled roles.

That is why we also provide full funding for learners who need English and maths skills to undertake a range of courses in GCSEs, Functional Skills and stepping stone qualifications from entry level to level 2, and from 2020 selected essential digital skills courses will also be fully funded.