The government has published its long-awaited further education white paper with a clear re-branding to Skills for Jobs.
The Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth white paper originally announced in July 2020, outlines how the Government proposes to support people to develop the skills they need to progress to ‘good jobs’. This overhaul of skills and vocational education attempts to improve the esteem of further and technical education - “studying for a degree at university is not the only worthwhile marker of success” - as well as seeking to address skills gaps in the economy.
Key ambitions covered by the white paper include:
White papers enable the Government to present policy preferences before legislation is introduced to test public opinion and gauge potential impact.