Priorities Letter Issued to Skills Funding Agency - June 2010
Vince Cable issues a statement of priorities for the SFA
Secretary of State Issues Priorities Letter to Skills Funding Agency - June 2010
On June 17th 2010, Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, wrote to Geoff Russell, Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency, outlining how government funding for 2010-11 should be spent. The letter in full can be downloaded using the weblinks below.
The key priorities to highlight included:
- Supporting progression and strengthen the supply of technician level skills, particularly through level 3 apprenticeships
- Reducing the number of 18-24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training by funding a wide range of routes into further and higher education
- Securing the provision of high quality training opportunities to help unemployed people get the skills needed for work-readiness, sustainable employment and progression in learning and work
- Providing independent careers guidance to enable people to make better choices about their future
- Develop a programme of Lifelong Learning Accounts to create informed and empowered learners, with a thirst for learning and new knowledge, who can seek out new and inspiring opportunities to improve their live
- Encouraging an increasing number of people to participate in adult and community learning, both to re-engage those disenchanged by previous educational experience and act as an entry point for further learning and to offer people opportunities to enrich their lives through learning
- Implementing sector-based joint investment proposals in high-growth and dynamic areas of the economy and contrinute to the development of a new growth and innovation fund
There will also be a refocussing of £200m of Train to Gain funding to other areas including £150m to deliver 50,000 additional Apprenticeship places focussed on SMEs, and £50m for capital investment in FE colleges.
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