REBUILD: A Skills Led Recovery Plan

In a recession, young people and disadvantaged adults are less likely to find work, and more likely to lose their jobs, scarring them economically for the rest of their lives. We can avoid that happening this time, if we focus on getting people trained and ready for when the labour market begins to grow again. 

In ‘Rebuild: a skills led recovery plan’, AoC is calling on government for another bold and necessary course of action to reduce the post-furlough shock, minimise the risk of economic scarring, and prepare the country for the rebuild.

You can find the full and shorted versions of our recovery plan below, along with useful social media assets and other resources to support the campaign.

You can also find our press release covering the launch of the campaign here.

REBUILD: The Skills Led Recovery Plan Reports

    • REBUILD: A Skills Led Recovery Plan (Full Doc)

    • REBUILD: A Skills Led Recovery Plan (Short Doc)

Writing to Your MP

Colleges can join the campaign by writing to the local MPs in the areas they operate and serve, asking them to support this plan. We have pulled together a helpful resource containing letters by constituency, with contextualised student data and MP contact details pre-populated. Simply copy the relevant letter, put on your letterhead, adjust wording to your liking and hit send. Access these templates here.

Social Media Assets

We have prepared some tweets for you to use and share on your own social media channels. Do feel free to copy and paste, or adapt to suit you and your organisation. We have also created social media visuals that you can use.

Download our social media graphics for colleges and partners here, and scroll down this page for a preview.

  • To avoid the mistakes of past recessions, government should focus on a skills based recovery to get the most at risk 764,000 people back into secure work, says @aoc_info
  • The cause of this recession is like nothing we’ve seen before, and the recovery needn’t be either. We support @aoc _info’s call for a skills based recovery plan, with people at the heart of it. Read their report here:
  • The @aoc_info REBUILD plan will support 750,000+ of the most at risk of long term economic scarring, and help thousands of employers through the Covid-19 recovery period.
  • A government commitment of £3.6 billion would help 764,000 young people and disadvantaged adults get the education and training they need to make their path into jobs smoother and easier as the country rebuilds. @aoc_info

Newsletter and Website Copy

Here is some copy for your newsletters and websites, feel free to use as is, or adapt to suit your audiences.

Suggested headline: To avoid the mistakes of past recessions, government should focus on skills to get the most at risk 764,000 people back into secure work

‘Rebuild: a skills led recovery plan’, published by the Association of Colleges, warns of increased demand for college places as high unemployment crowds young people out of the labour market; large numbers of young people needing support to catch up as a result of lost learning in lockdown; reductions in apprenticeship places, a large number of apprentice redundancies and a shortage of new places for apprentices; and large numbers of adults requiring training to help them move from struggling sectors into those that recover more quickly, or even grow.

A £3.6 billion package of incentives for business, support for students and investment in colleges would help the 760,000 people most at risk of suffering economically in this recession. It would: guarantee a high quality, education or training place for every 16 to 18 year old, funded to meet their needs and the learning lost; offer a suite of work focussed training programmes, including expanded traineeships and apprenticeships designed to get young people into jobs as soon as they become available; provide support for adults who lose their jobs to train or retrain flexibly up to higher level technical / professional level, aimed at getting them back into the workforce as quickly as possible, with additional training to manage their transition once back in work.

Find out more and read the report here: