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AoC responds to Rishi Sunak's announcement on technical education

04 October 2023

In response to Rishi Sunak’s announcement on technical education, David Hughes, chief executive, Association of Colleges, said:

“I’ve rarely heard previous prime ministers talk about FE colleges, let alone announce more funding to attract and retain college lecturers. It feels like a step change, coming only three months after the education secretary announced a funding boost for pay in colleges.

“I am delighted to see technical education and colleges form a focal point of Rishi Sunak’s plans for a more prosperous future. The announcement on the Advanced British Standard could have a significant impact on colleges, and I am particularly pleased that our push for young people to have more teaching time has been heeded. An extra 195 hours of contact time will help young people learn a broader set of subjects, preparing them better for their lives and the changing world of work.

“If the funding is really there for colleges to help to realise this vision, and make technical education as prestigious as academic, then this is a significant and very welcome announcement.

“£30,000 in tax-free bonuses over five years for new further education teachers is a win for colleges, and these announcements are recognition of the vital role colleges play in boosting the economy, strengthening communities and transforming lives.

“We eagerly await the finer details of this announcement, and look forward to engaging with the government, and supporting colleges on these plans.”