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Election 2024

VIDEO: FE and skills leaders react to party manifestos

What do leading sector representatives have to say about the party manifestos?

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Election 2024

Election 2024: ‘Conspiracy of silence’ over unprotected public service cuts

Economists warn that FE is likely to suffer from both main parties’ plans

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Election 2024, Skills reform

AoC publishes ‘blueprint’ for new skills quango

It comes as Labour confirms plans to introduce a new body called ‘Skills England’

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Election 2024

Labour manifesto 2024: The FE pledges

Party will ‘better integrate’ further and higher education in a new strategy for post-16 education if it wins on…

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Apprenticeships, Election 2024

Election 2024: Apprenticeships top of education priority list

But poll suggests support for Conservative and Labour plans for apprenticeships have limited backing

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Election 2024

Conservatives manifesto 2024: The FE pledges

Party confirms plans for 100k more apprenticeships, the new ABS, and a national service at the expense of the…

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Election 2024

Lib Dems manifesto 2024: The FE pledges

Party plans to review FE funding including college VAT exemption, a widened apprenticeship levy and ‘lifelong skills grants’ of…

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Election 2024

Both parties pledge targeted training to cut immigration

Labour is claiming it will hold companies to account on training through ‘proper’ workforce plans

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor

Election Opinion

Election 2024

There are positives – but the Conservatives’ manifesto misfires on crucial issues

This was a chance to come out fighting, but the Conservatives’ policies fail to acknowledge the scale of need…

JL Dutaut
Olly Newton
Election 2024

Gaps remain in Labour’s plans to fill shortages and spread opportunity

Labour’s manifesto gives further education grounds for optimism, but the sector will need more than warm words and big…

JL Dutaut
Carl Cullinane
Election 2024, resits

All parties must commit to keeping the GCSE resit policy

Middle-class commentators don’t understand it. University professors can’t explain it. But the resit policy is a vital lifeline for…

JL Dutaut
Andrew Otty
Election 2024

The levy isn’t working – could Labour’s plans fix it?

If we’re going to scrutinise Labour’s plans for levy reform, we need to accept the policy’s failures and base…

JL Dutaut
Stephen Evans
Election 2024

“Progression, progression, progression” should be Labour’s election slogan

We need a unified holistic skills strategy across government to meet current and future challenges

JL Dutaut
Gordon Marsden
Election 2024

Labour must answer key questions about its Growth and Skills Levy

Plans for apprenticeship levy reform must be discussed with the whole sector and clear about all their financial implications

JL Dutaut
Mandy Crawford-Lee
Election 2024

Labour’s ‘securonomics’ is a golden opportunity for our sector

The shadow chancellor’s recent speech was a tantalising glimpse of what the skills sector could mean to a new…

JL Dutaut
Ben Rowland

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