“To give ourselves the best chance of success we must make sure everyone has the skills which will allow them to get good jobs, both now and in the future.
To deliver this, the Prime Minister has introduced a Lifetime Skills Guarantee to allow everyone to access the education and training they need throughout their lives. It is
our mission to make sure that opportunity is there for everyone, wherever they live, to level up every inch of the country. These are the skills that further education is perfectly placed to provide but we have historically not always made the best use of it. Unlike many of our OECD peers, this country has not always shown further education the esteem it deserves, with too many people – and too many employers – wrongly believing that studying for a degree at university is the only worthwhile marker of success. Although our universities are world-class, it is not the only choice: in many cases, a college course or apprenticeship can offer better outcomes.
As a result we have a skills gap that is holding us back economically. We do not have enough technicians, engineers or health and social care professionals. Redressing
this will be critical to improving our productivity and international competitiveness. This is why we intend to prioritise the courses and qualifications that enable people to get great jobs and which will support our economy to compete with the world’s best.
This White Paper is a blueprint for the future. We will move on from previous underestimations of further and technical education and reinforce its pivotal role as a pathway to a bright future”. Gavin Williamson – SoS for Education