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Skilled Workers

Question for Department for Education

UIN 46531, tabled on 13 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people have the skills they need for future roles; and what steps he is taking to re-skill people who do not have skills to meet the economic requirements of the UK.

Answered on

22 May 2020

We are delivering a long-term programme to reform the post-16 skills system to address national and local productivity challenges, ensuring that businesses and individuals have the skills they need to meet the needs of the new economy. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education has also announced that we are working on a White Paper that will deliver ambitious reform in our vital further education sector.

These reforms include involving employers in the design of new apprenticeship standards to ensure they are more responsive to their needs. 74% of new starts in 2019/20 so far are on standards (rather than frameworks) and the switch-off of frameworks is going ahead on the 31 July.

We are also Introducing T-Levels from this September. Designed by employers, with longer teaching hours and meaningful industry placements, T-Levels will be excellent preparation for skilled work or further training. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, we are continuing with introduction in September as planned. Additionally, the Adult Education Budget will fully fund or co-fund skills provision for eligible adults aged 19 and above from pre-entry to level 3 (including traineeships), to help them gain the skills they need for work, an apprenticeship or further learning. Over the course of this Parliament, we are providing £2.5 billion (£3 billion when including Barnett funding for devolved administrations) for a new National Skills Fund to help people learn new skills and prepare for the economy of the future.