Boris Johnson says adult education laws will be ‘rocket fuel’ for levelling-up agenda


ew legislation aimed at reforming education for older teenagers and adults will be unveiled in what Boris Johnson pledges will be “rocket fuel” for his levelling-up agenda.

The Prime Minister said he was “revolutionising” the adult education and training system as the Government prepared to set out its legislative agenda in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the promise of a “lifetime skills guarantee” will be central to plans for the new parliamentary session as the Government seeks to rebuild the nation after the coronavirus pandemic.

No 10 said new laws will create a post-16 and adult education and training system that is “fit for the future”.

We know that having the right skills and training is the route to better, well-paid jobs

Fresh legislation will seek to transform the student loan system to give every adult access to a flexible loan for higher-level education and training at university or college.

Ahead of the speech, Mr Johnson said: “These new laws are the rocket fuel that we need to level up this country and ensure equal opportunities for all. We know that having the right skills and training is the route to better, well-paid jobs.

“I’m revolutionising the system so we can move past the outdated notion that there is only one route up the career ladder, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to retrain or upskill at any point in their lives.”

But Labour called for “action, not more rhetoric” as the opposition urged the Government to set out a a “clear plan to get Britain working for working people”.

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Other proposals include giving employers a statutory role in planning publicly funded training programmes through a “skills accelerator” programme.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will also be given greater powers to intervene in colleges seen as failing to meet local needs.


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