Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies paper ‘Big changes to adult education funding? Definitely maybe' on the government's recent Skills for Jobs White Paper, Association of Colleges, Chief Executive, David Hughes said:
“Today’s report from IFS shows adult education is still suffering after a decade of neglect and funding cuts. The consequence is far fewer adult learners and big skills gaps. IFS rightly points out that it will take long term increases in investment for the rest of the decade. The ambitions in the White Paper will need to be a priority in the spending review otherwise adults will continue to miss out and employers will struggle to find the skilled people they need.
There is a great opportunity to provide a solid foundation, towards a stronger, more coherent technical education system that generates a culture of lifelong learning. This needs to be at the core of government’s agenda to allow colleges to support people into work, adapt to a changing labour market and re-skill.”
You can read the full IFS report here.