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Ten policies to save adult education for first 100 days of next government

Adult education body Niace has put forward ten “simple and practical” policies it wants the next government to implement within its first 100 days.

Niace said the policies would improve the lives of millions of people who it said are often excluded and disadvantaged in life and work.

In a new document Ten Policies for Ten People, published today, Niace and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion set out how the policies will deliver growth by “unlocking” people’s talents.

It claims they can be implemented quickly and without additional spending and will start to address the “productivity crisis” faced by the country and the need for higher quality work for many people.

The ten policies would help ten groups of people, including low-paid workers, migrants, people with disabilities, the long-term unemployed and older people.

They include personal career accounts to put adults in control of their own learning, an apprentice charter quality mark, a youth allowance to open more ‘learning and earning’ routes for young people, better support for young adult carers to access learning and training, and recognising digital skills as the third basic skill alongside English and maths.

David Hughes, chief executive of Niace, said the next government had a “great opportunity” in its first 100 days to commit to a new skills-led economy.

He said the “perfect storm” of an education system focused on young people while adults were unable to improve their skills and employers faced skills shortages was damaging the economic recovery.

“We have designed these policies with ten groups of people in mind because all too often the people come last in consideration of policies,” he said.

“Our proposals are not the complete answer but they show that it is possible to make a real difference to people’s lives quickly and without additional public expenditure. 

“There is a strong consensus across political, business and community interests that our skills system has to change. We believe these policies can start a process to deliver that change.”

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