• Hammond, take care where you sprinkle the skills cash

    With the UK’s poor economic forecast doing few favours to the skills budget, government must ensure it’s putting money into policies that will actually raise overall productivity, argues Sandra McNally While the chancellor acknowledged the importance of education and skills in his budget speech, the bleak outlook for the economy makes it difficult for him

    15.45 Nov. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • A budget burgeoning with skills... But beware policy churn

    The budget offers important steps in the right direction but, with the current policy churn in FE, we need to make all these initiatives join together in a coherent way, argues Kirstie Donnelly If you go on numbers alone, it was a good budget for the FE sector. The word “skills” appeared 11 times in

    15.45 Nov. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Hammond's budget revealed poor understanding of further education

    Instead of a thought-out comprehensive strategy for further and adult education and skills, the government has merely delivered more short-term tinkering, says Jill Westerman We expected a budget for Brexit. The statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer fell some way short. The budget was an opportunity for Mr Hammond and the government to demonstrate

    12.00 Nov. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion