Adults over the age of 23 in England without a full level 3 qualification will be offered one for free from April, according to Boris Johnson’s speech from Exeter College earlier today.
The policy to extend full funding to all eligible adults was a recommendation in Philip Augar’s review of post-18 education published 15 months ago and will be funded through the government’s new £2.5 billion National Skills Fund. The qualifications will need to provide “skills valued by employers”.
This is the second Augar recommendation adopted today, after the Department for Education confirmed plans for Ofsted to inspect all apprenticeships.
The full speech can be watched here.