Responding to the Queen’s speech today (11th May 2021) and the announcement of the commitment to transform post-16 education and training, University Alliance CEO Vanessa Wilson said:
“We welcome the commitment laid out within the Queen’s Speech to transform post-16 education and training, to enable learners to truly gain skills throughout their life. Having long-called for the provision of greater financial support to drive flexible education opportunities, we therefore particularly welcome the introduction of Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE).
It is vital however that the role of universities in delivering technical skills is not forgotten; the divide between academic and technical education can be overstated. We welcome the opportunity to build a more integrated tertiary education system that further incentivises HE and FE to work in partnership to deliver flexibility, choice and clear career pathways between providers for all learners over a lifetime.”