People across the Workington constituency will get the chance to retrain and find new, skilled jobs as part of the Government’s new Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
The plans, unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will provide adults in England who do not have an A-Level or equivalent qualifications, with the opportunity to take up a free, fully-funded college course.
Alongside this, the government is also making higher education loans more flexible, allowing people to space out their study across their lifetimes and take more high-quality vocational courses.
Welcoming the announcement, Mark Jenkinson MP said: “The Prime Minister is developing a long-term plan to ensure that, as the nature of work changes, people have the skills to find and create new and better job prospects for themselves.
In my constituency, our local economy will only benefit with more skilled, better paid jobs. I want to see the workforce in this area thrive and Boris has taken a large step towards ensuring that this is a reality for many of my constituents.
The Workington Constituency is well served by our local colleges and this also provides them with an opportunity to showcase their learning by teaching and retraining many who may already have a great deal of experience in the workplace.”
As well as offering college courses from April, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee will make higher education loans more flexible, allowing young people to choose the length and type of course that is right for them. There will also be more investment in college buildings and an £8 million commitment for digital skills boot camps; expanding successful pilots in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and introducing programmes in four new locations
The Prime Minister said he wants to give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs, adding that the government will help them get the skills they need, transforming the foundations of the skills system so everyone has the chance to train and retrain.