12 May 2021

New Skills and Post-16 Education Bill


The new bill puts into law the reforms detailed in Skills for Jobs white paper, which include a new lifelong learning loan entitlement aimed at making it easier for adults and young people to study more flexibly over their lifetime.

The Skills for Jobs white paper enshrines the Government's new Lifetime Skills Guarantee, and sets out a blueprint for post-16 education to enable people to gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives. Key points include:

  • Adults without a full level 3 qualification will be able to to gain one for free from across a range of sectors.
  • Skills Bootcamps offering free, flexible 12 - 16 week courses and a fast-track to an interview with a local employer will be available to adults.
  • There will be a Lifelong Loan Entitlement to make it easier for adults and young people to study more flexibly, which can be used over their lifetime and for modules of a course.
  • The law will be changed so that from 2025, people can access flexible student finance to enable them to train and retrain throughout their lives. This will be supported by funding in 2021 / 2022¬† to test ways to boost access to more modular and flexible learning.

To view the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill click here

To find out more about the Skills for Jobs white paper and what it means for the post-16 sector, click here.


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