Engaging with NIACE’s general election manifesto

28th July 2014

A series of webinars to discuss NIACE’s General Election ManifestoSkills for Prosperity: Building Sustainable Recovery for All – will begin with a focus on how the lifelong learning sector can get involved in helping to secure a skills-led recovery.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“To secure long-term economic growth which will ensure prosperity for all we need a lifelong learning society. Whether it’s for work, or to play a more active role in their family or community, people must have opportunities to learn throughout their lives and to be in control of their learning. Our manifesto sets out six priority actions which we believe will provide a skills system fit for the 21st Century.

“We have had lots of support for our manifesto from all quarters but we are keen to have much more input from across the sector. We don’t only want to know what we have got right but also what’s missing from this manifesto. Even more importantly, we want to hear from providers, employers, policy-makers and learners about how you want to get involved in making our six priority actions, for the next Government, a reality. We need your support to help change the current learning and skills system; it is not just the Government we need to convince of the need for change. Otherwise the country faces an extremely uncertain future.”

The six priority actions are:

  1. Secure Personal Skills Accounts for all adults, along with structured career reviews, providing adults with the power to take control of their own skills, putting personalisation and individual choice at the heart of the re-engineered skills system.
  2. A “new localism” for learning and skills, delivered through devolution, a strengthened individual-employer-Government partnership, and a new Whitehall Department responsible for business, education, skills and work, tackling the Whitehall silos between DfE, BIS and the DWP.
  3. An independent review of the UK’s long-term skills needs and funding issues, equivalent in status to the national reviews of pensions (Turner) and social care (Dilnot).
  4. More emphasis on informal, non-formal, as well as formal learning to enable people to gain economically and socially useful skills.
  5. Basic skills to continue to be fully funded for all adults, with a new emphasis on supporting those with skills at lower levels to engage in informal learning.
  6. A new Apprentice Charter setting out how ever Apprenticeship will provide an expansive education and foundation for a successful career.?

The Skills for Prosperity – Engaging with NIACE’s General Election Manifesto Webinar is free to NIACE members and will take place on Wednesday 17 September.