Gwynne backs Labour pledge to create National Education Service

school1Local Labour candidate for the Denton and Reddish constituency, Andrew Gwynne, has backed the Labour Party’s pledge to create a National Education Service with the aim of giving everyone in Britain, whatever their age and background, the opportunities they need to use education to transform their lives.

Launched by the Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, the proposals will give young adults and working age people across the country access to schemes and courses throughout their lives in order to retrain for a new career or to learn new skills. Rayner confirmed the policy was fully costed and would be paid for by an increase in corporation tax.

Adult skills and support for training are incredibly important to productivity and overall competitiveness in the global economy, in fact The Institute for Public Policy Research described the adult skills system as “crucial” for the future jobs market.

However, independent analysis conducted by the organisation showed the UK spends roughly half the EU average on investment in training for the adult population.[1] Research conducted by the House of Commons showed that since the Tories came to office in 2010, central government funding for adult further education spending has been cut by 14% in real terms.[2]

Andrew Gwynne said:

“The savage cuts to education and further education courses for adults since 2010 have been damaging for the country with the UK already lagging behind countries like the US, Germany, Japan and France on productivity.[3]

“Only a Labour government will deliver a National Education Service and provide a better education and life chances for all.”

[1] http://www.ippr.org/publications/skills-2030-why-the-adult-skills-system-is-failing

[2] http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7708/CBP-7708.pdf pg. 3

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/05/weak-productivity-leaves-uk-trailing-other-g7-nations

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