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Committee Chair Robert Halfon comments on Prime Minister’s speech on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

29 September 2020

Commenting on today’s speech by Boris Johnson on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, Chair of the Education Committee, Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, said:

“Today’s speech by the Prime Minister demonstrates a real commitment to the role of adult education and skills in our country’s economic recovery. The removal of the age cap for free level 3 courses and more flexible higher education loans have the potential to open up opportunities for people who previously may not have had the chance to benefit from further learning. The Education Committee’s current inquiry into adult skills and life-long learning is looking at how we can tear down barriers to participation. The Government must now make sure that learning throughout life is made as easy as possible. It must be truly open to people from all backgrounds. This will be vital if we are to tackle social injustices and plug our country’s skills gaps.”

The Education Committee is currently carrying out an inquiry into adult education and life-long learning. This morning, the Committee took evidence from Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan MP.

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