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Build reaction to Education Secretary's speech to British Chambers of Commerce Education summit

Story added 6th Jul 2017


In a keynote speech to business leaders at the British Chambers of Commerce Education summit, Education Secretary Justine Greening set out her mission to spark the skills revolution needed to help Britain make a success of leaving the European Union.  She told business leaders that the country can only rise to the challenge of developing the skills and talents of our young people if government and business work together. This includes developing plans for new T levels, backed by an extra £500 million of government investment per year announced in the budget, which will help build the army of skilled young people that business and the country need.

Justine Greening also outlined plans to deliver the huge range of skills needed to make Britain a success, everything from coding to engineering and construction to design, at a time when migration remains high on the political agenda, announcing:

- £50 million investment from April 2018 to fund high quality work placements - a key component of every T Level – to help prepare young people for skilled work 

- £15m to contribute to improvements in further education so we have the colleges and teachers we need to deliver the new T levels 

- Plans to bolster the role of the current Further Education Commissioner - Richard Atkins - who will take on responsibility for Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges 

- Plans for a Department for Education summit with businesses in the autumn to start developing the T level curriculum

The full speech is available  

Phil Chamberlain, Executive Director of External Engagement, said: “We welcome the promise of further investment from Justine Greening today in her speech to the British Chamber of Commerce, and the pledge from the government to raise standards more generally. With a period of uncertainty likely in the next few years as  a result of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, it is encouraging that the government recognise the urgent need for a ‘skills revolution’ to help minimise disruption to business and ensure increased career upskilling and retraining initiatives are open to all. Build are well placed to support this agenda, and we hope the Government recognise the role that adult education can play in realising these important ambitions."

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