29 Sep 2020
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (29 September) commented on the Prime Minister’s speech on skills.
Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“As the country continues to grapple with the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for accessible re-skilling and up-skilling opportunities will be vital and as such we welcome the government’s renewed commitment to address this agenda.
“As pioneers of professional, vocational and technical education at HE level, often crafted with input from employers to bring together classroom learning and workplace practice, modern universities stand ready to expand further this vital provision in every part of the country.
“Degree apprenticeships should be at the heart of these reforms. Combining an apprenticeship with a degree is a good way of making learning portable, as the PM wishes our skills system to be.
“Such portability will also be aided by introducing greater flexibility to the student loan system, something MillionPlus has long called for. The government should ensure that its reforms enable individuals to access financial support for standalone level 4 and 5 courses at university as well as FE colleges. This support should also be available to part-time students.”
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