Boris Johnson unveils plan for ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’

Boris Johnson has launched the ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’ during a visit to Exeter College on 29 September. The “massively accelerated” changes in the economy - one of the many impacts of COVID-19 - have stimulated the development of this scheme. Bringing in dramatic changes to the financing of post-18 education, the policy will ensure that […]

George Boatfield
20th October 2020
Boris Johnson has launched the ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’ during a visit to Exeter College on 29 September. The “massively accelerated” changes in the economy - one of the many impacts of COVID-19 - have stimulated the development of this scheme.

Bringing in dramatic changes to the financing of post-18 education, the policy will ensure that every adult without A-levels has access to the funding they require in order to take up a course at college. Specifically, this covers entry onto courses that teach “skills that are highly in demand”.

Every adult without A-levels will have to the funding they require in order to take up a course at college

This has previously been available for those under the age of 23, where course fees do not apply. This change will remove the cap and make further education accessible to all ages, reducing what Johnson described as “pointless, nonsensical gulf” in funding opportunities between university and vocational courses.

In addition to the dropping of the age restriction, loans will be made available to cover additional costs. This will take place in much the same way that university students have access to tuition fee and maintenance loans which cover course and living costs respectively.

While much of the ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’ is funded by the £2.5bn national skills fund announced in Rishi Sunak’s March budget, the full details of how this is allocated will be set out in the autumn spending review.

On the importance of vocational training, Johnson emphasised that “we need those practical skills as a society and as an economy, now more than ever”.

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