Further education bodies in united call for Autumn Statement investment

Date: 18.11.16
Joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.


18 November 2016 

Embargoed 00.01 Friday 18 November 2016

Further education bodies in united call for Autumn Statement investment

More investment in further education and the teaching workforce is needed to meet the Prime Minister’s ambition for social mobility, organisations across the sector have urged the government ahead of next week’s Autumn Statement. 

In a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, bodies representing further education staff, students and providers have called for extra investment to ‘develop a strong and vibrant further education sector which can cater to different people’s needs and aspirations’. 

The letter is co-signed by the University and College Union, the Association of Colleges, the National Union of Students, the Learning and Work Institute, Unison, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Voice, GMB and Unionlearn

It notes that over a million adult learners, 15,000 teachers and similar numbers of support staff have been lost from further education since 2009, and calls on government to ‘take a strategic approach to strengthening local further education’ by replacing this lost capacity to open up more learning opportunities. 

The Prime Minister has set out a clear ambition for improving social mobility, and further education has a crucial role to play in supporting this aim. However, more resource is required to ensure that everyone, regardless of age or background, can access the learning they need. 

"We are jointly calling on the Chancellor to make a strategic investment in rebuilding the capacity of further education providers, funding extra teaching and support staff so that more learners are able reach their potential."

Further information

The letter (pdf)


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