NIACE calls for adult skills revolution

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 24 September 2014 in News
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NIACE responded to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Conference in which he stated his intention to match the number of young people on apprenticeships with those in Higher Education. 

Changes to culture and the learning and skills system are paramount if we’re to secure the future of the economy.

That was the view of The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), responding to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Conference in which he stated his intention to match the number of young people on apprenticeships with those in Higher Education.

NIACE have welcomed the plans but claim that it’s not just an apprenticeship revolution that’s’ needed, but an adult skills revolution too.

“It is great to hear the Leader of the Opposition focusing on skills and learning as critical issues for our country, for sustained and fair economic growth and to address inequalities. We support those ambitions and the belief that a better skills system which stretches and motivates every young person is vital. But, we don't only need an apprenticeships revolution; we need an adult skills revolution as well.

“We want to tackle low pay and secure the future growth of our economy. And we know that to do that we need fundamental changes in culture and the learning and skills system. We set these out in our manifesto and believe that there must be a commitment to support the talents of all people and of all ages for a truly lifelong learning society.

“We are determined that all people ‘get a shot in life’ and not just all young people. What's needed is not just an apprenticeships revolution but an adult skills revolution that unlocks the talents of all. We need a new dynamic skills system, fit for the 21st Century, giving everyone the opportunities to improve their skills for long and fulfilling careers which might mean seven or eight employers and different sectors. This will not only tackle the cost of living crisis and low wages but also ensure that we secure the future for the economy and society.”

 

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