We've drafted the email below for members to send to Peers in the House of Lords.
You can find a list of members of the House of Lords here.
Dear *insert name of Peer*,
As you will be aware, the First Reading of the Skills & Post-16 Education Bill took place in the House of Lords on Tuesday 18May. I wanted to get in touch to share this briefing that the Association of Colleges have put together on the Bill which I hope you will find helpful as it progresses through Parliament.
The briefing contains a summary of the key features of the Bill, outlines what colleges need from the legislation, and has some information on the funding pressures that colleges face which must be addressed if the Government is going to deliver on its agenda for further education.
The recent Queen’s Speech set out plans for the country’s Covid recovery and strengthening the ‘levelling-up’ agenda, and this Bill is a central component of the Government’s ambitions. This Bill is a recognition of the central role that colleges such as ours will need to play if our economy is to bounce back. The Association of Colleges has long been calling for further education and skills reform, to ensure colleges have the authority and autonomy to deliver for people, employers and communities. This is a step towards many of these reforms, and we stand ready to do more, for people, employers and communities.
You can help ensure the legislation delivers for colleges by:
- Writing to the Education Secretary highlighting the priorities outlined in the briefing.
- Working with the Association of Colleges to identify gaps and opportunities in the Bill to strengthen via amendments.
- Becoming a member of the APPG on Further Education & Lifelong Learning which will act as a vehicle to share information and insight into the Bill as it progresses through parliament.
Please contact the Public Affairs team (email@example.com) at the Association of Colleges for support with any of the above.