The last 14-19 education skills white paper was released over 10 years. When can we expect a new skills white paper?
In February, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) released The Legal Entitlements for 2016 to 2017, which made reference to a spring release date for the new skills white paper. As we can see, version 2, released in March, has removed any reference to when the paper will be released.
Skills Minister, Nick Boles, appeared to avoid a question raised by Shadow Skills Minister, Gordon Marsden, in parliament this week. Marsden asked:
Why is the government’s key whitepaper to address technical skills shortages being delayed?
Mr Boles replied focussing on the government’s funding for Further Education: “We are increasing total funding available for further education by 40% in cash terms during this parliament.”
Not giving up, Mr Marsden (pictured right) pushed for an answer again by asking the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department plans to publish its skills white paper.
The question, asked on Tuesday 3rd May, has yet to be answered.
It has been suggested that the delay to the white paper may be because the independent panel on reforms to Technical and Professional Education (TPE) has not yet reported its findings.
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