The Queen’s Speech outlined the government’s priorities for the year ahead, as she officially reopened Parliament. This included legislation to address lost learning during the pandemic. Following this, Downing Street have announced a new Skills and Post-16 Education Bill which will be introduced on May 18. The Bill will include promised reforms from the FE white paper, including a new lifelong loan entitlement, local skills improvement plans and greater powers for the education secretary to intervene in colleges that fail to meet local needs.
Key benefits of the Bill as mentioned in the Queen’s Speech briefing notes are:
- Offering adults across the country the opportunity to retrain in later life through the lifetime skills guarantee, helping them to gain in–demand skills and open up further job opportunities.
- Realigning the system around the needs of employers so that people are trained for the skills gaps that exist now and in the future, in sectors the economyneeds including construction, digital, clean energy and manufacturing.
- Improving the quality of training available by making sure that providers are better run,qualifications are betterregulated,and thatproviders’ performance can be effectively assessed.
“Through legislation, our vision is to transform the sector and expand opportunity right across the country, so that more people can get the skills they need to get good jobs.”
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson