Monitoring social mobility since 2013 – major report published
June 10, 2020 | Alexandra Sufit
‘Half of adults from low socio-economic backgrounds have received no training since leaving school’
Apprenticeships and adult education are often considered a ladder of social mobility. They enable people to gain skills that make them more employable. They also upskill and reskill workers who are already employed, opening up future opportunities. Yet, according to a report by the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) published today – funding for adult education has been cut by 45% over the past decade and individuals now have to pay for a greater share of their training.
One of the key recommendations of our Monitoring Report is to improve apprenticeships and adult education so that learners from less advantaged backgrounds can gain access to the opportunities that they deserve.
This is the first in a series of reports from the SMC looking at social mobility in the UK. The monitoring report measures the progress of government on key recommendations the SMC has made since 2013. It will be followed up by another significant report on apprenticeships, which we are launching at the end of the month – if you are an employer, join us on 25 June for a webinar delving into the detail and looking at ways that you can help play your part in championing social mobility.
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The Social Mobility Commission welcomes the White Paper on further education and the importance of vocational skills.
But we are also calling on #government to commit to extra funding, to ensure #schools and #colleges can plan for the long term. Our commissioner Alastair Da Costa, said:
“We welcome the drive to place #employers at the core of the programme (…) If employers work more closely with local schools and colleges this might also allow more individuals to stay where they grew up rather than moving away to get a better job.
However, extra long-term resources will be key to the success of these schemes. They cannot just be a sticking plaster to address the immediate devastating impact of #COVID on #jobs and #training.”
He also emphasised the need to focus on #students from the most #disadvantaged backgrounds, who receive the least training as adults yet face more barriers.
Read the Commission’s full response here https://lnkd.in/ggsVcvv
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