“Today’s announcements from the Prime Minister are very encouraging, especially during such a challenging time for not just further education , but the economy as a whole. We wholeheartedly agree that the best way to power our post-Covid recovery is to invest in high-quality skills development which are accessible to everyone, regardless of age.

“Higher standards in technical education and apprenticeships help create jobs, fuel productivity and encourage overseas investment, and we look forward to hearing how the government will look to enact its plans through the forthcoming FE White Paper and beyond. WorldSkills UK works alongside employers and educators across the UK to mainstream global best practice in skills development to meet employer need and tackle vocational snobbery head on, so we welcome the government’s commitments.”

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO for WorldSkills UK

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