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UA welcomes expansion of post-18 education and skills

Commenting ahead of the PM’s speech, UA CEO Vanessa Wilson welcomed the expected announcements, 

“As leaders in delivering professional and technical education and collaborating with businesses of all sizes, we have long argued for many of today’s announcements, including flexible loans and modular credits, doing more to support SMEs to take on apprentices, and scrapping restrictions that prevent adults from re-entering higher education.

“We hope the focus will be on harnessing the whole post-16 system to achieve the potential of these announcements to tackle unemployment, support individuals and employers and promote lifelong learning.

“As we know from our strong partnerships with FE colleges, both HE and FE institutions have a vital role to play in the up-skilling and re-skilling efforts needed to help the UK weather the challenging economic period ahead and create the highly skilled workforce we need for the long-term.”