Skills and Post-16 Education Bill "lacks ambition" - by Jane Hickie for Comment Central

After speaking to Professor Josie Fraser of the Open University about the importance of the Lifelong Learning Entitlement (LLE) in the Government's Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, Jane Hickie argues that the Bill currently lacks ambition, and that it needs broadening in order to ensure a sustainable post-pandemic recovery led by skills and training.


Government backed action to support private training initiatives should also be part of the policy mix:


"...public investment in apprenticeships, traineeships, adult skills programmes and technical education remains a vital ingredient to make the economic recovery sustainable after the pandemic. This autumn's Spending Review will offer answers on the scale of investment available following the measures implemented in July 2020's Plan for Jobs but in the meantime, ministers are hoping that the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill will also make a difference. "


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