Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Let's Make History, Demands Niace

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Let's Make History, Demands Niace

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Body's election manifesto calls for cross-party action on skills

Adult education body Niace has called for a major independent review of the long-term skills needs of the UK to address significant shortages.

The organisation said that investment by government and employers had fallen in recent years, and that other countries were better at realising the potential of their people.

In its manifesto for next year's general election, published ahead of Adult Learners' Week, Niace calls for a four-nation, cross-party commission to be set up to develop what it calls "an historic long-term settlement" for skills over the next 20 years, to report in 2018.

It says this is needed because it anticipates that no government will be able directly to fund the full costs of adult learning because of pressure on public finances. …

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