To the white paper on skills, which sets out plans for FE in the kind of English we have come to expect from the custodians of our education system.
This is the paper's answer to the question of whether employers, and not just students, will be forced to pay more for FE. "Employers and learners will need to contribute more to the costs of training. Hence decisions to raise standard fee levels in FE outside priority fee remission groups.
These elements help to shape definition of employer role 'post voluntary'
approach to skills. The downsides of a statutory approach to compulsion are well understood, and we remain committed to working with employers, unions, and learners on a shared, collective partnership agenda."
In a word: no.