26 Oct 2018
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (26 October) welcomed the call from Universities UK and the Confederation of British Industry for changes to the education system to support more flexible study.
The two organisations initiated a project earlier this year to look at the decline in part-time student enrolments and the changing needs of students and employers. It concludes that many people are missing out on the chance to develop the skills that employers and the UK economy need because of the cost and time it takes to study part-time.
Professor Graham Baldwin, Treasurer of MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of Solent University, said:
“With Philip Augar’s review of Post-18 Education ongoing this is a timely and important piece of work. MillionPlus has long called for more to be done to rocket-boost educational opportunities to people at every stage of their lives, most recently in our Forgotten Learners report earlier this year. Such opportunities would benefit the individuals themselves, employers and the country.
“Automation and artificial intelligence are poised to seismically alter the economy and workplace practices in the coming decades. If that challenge is to be met, it must be not just possible but painless for people to re-train or re-skill later in life, in a manner that suits them.
“Modern universities, with their close and long-standing ties with business and their role as community anchors, are well placed to deliver exactly the kind of flexible study that a modern economy will require to thrive.”
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