Chancellor expands Plan for Jobs ahead of budget - AoC responds

26 Feb 2021

Responding to the announcement of the government's expansion of the Plan for Jobs, including the new flexi-apprenticeship programme, Chief Executive of AoC, David Hughes said: 

"This investment in the apprenticeship and traineeship incentives come at a crucial time for young people facing tough times in the labour market. It is vital that we continue to find ways to support young people who are amongst those hardest hit by the pandemic, but we must also ensure colleges have the flexibility and funding certainty to be able to meet skills needs more widely over the next few years. 

These short term measures are helpful, but not sufficient if we are to successfully build back fairer and better. I look forward to seeing strong investment in the Budget and the Spending Review later this year to back up the recent Skills for Jobs white paper which could be a game-changer for post-18 education and skills.”