Andy Westwood

Could Sainsbury save the day? Don’t hold your breath

There are far too many shortcomings and omissions in the latest attempt to overhaul the FE sector

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Shortly after the shock of the EU referendum, Nick Boles, then skills minister, published Lord Sainsbury’s review of technical education, alongside a Post-16 Skills Plan to implement it. It was a brief distraction from the political changes that were to come – changes that included a new prime minister, a new chancellor, a new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and a revamped Department for Education. And, perhaps least surprising of all, a new skills minister.

But what of the “two for one” offer now? Is it worth salvaging from the wreckage of the last regime? Can it ...

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