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Further Education and Lifelong Learning​

  • Following ten years of Tory managed decline in adult education, it is more important than ever that people have the opportunity to retrain and upskill throughout their lives.  Automation and the Green Industrial Revolution will demand higher-level technical qualifications, a demand which will grow as we create new green jobs.

  • Labour will ensure fairness and sustainability in further education and bring back the Education Maintenance Allowance.

  • Everyone will have a FREE lifelong learning entitlement to;

    • Training up to Level 3 (GCSE or equivalent)

    • Six years training at Levels 4 - 6 (Bachelor's Degree or equivalent), with maintenance grants for disadvantaged learners.

  • We will introduce additional entitlements for workers in industries that are affected by industrial transition  and ensure that training delivers the right skills by giving employers a role in co-design and co-production of qualifications.

  • We will reform existing careers advice to provide an integrated information, advice and guidance system that covers the entire NES.

  • Labour will reverse the fragmentation and privatisation of further and adult education, incorporating it into a single national system of regulation that functions for education as our NHS does for healthcare provision.

Higher Education (HE)

  • We will no longer treat universities as private businesses, left at the mercy of market forces, in which top salaries soar and students pay more for less.  

  • Labour will end the failed free-market experiment in higher education which has led to the poorest graduates with an average debt of £57,000.

  • Tuition fees will be abolished and maintenance grants will be brought back.

  • A new funding formula for higher education will;

    • Ensure that all public HE institutions have adequate funding for teaching and research.

    • Widen access to higher education and reverse the decline of past-time learning.

    • End the casualisation of staff.

  • We will transform the Office for Students from a market regulator to a body of the NES acting in the public interest.

  • We will introduce post-qualification admissions to higher education.

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