We need to plan to rebuild our economy post-COVID19: Adult learning will help.
As recommended in the Augar Review, every adult should be given the entitlement to a level three qualification – an A-Level or equivalent. Not all of these are academic; there are a range of technical and vocational courses too, but enabling our workforce to become more qualified and flexible and giving many adults the opportunity of learning or training to a higher level and possibly in new areas will be of huge benefit to them, the economy and wider society.
If in three to six months’ time we’re finding that many of those made redundant during March and April aren’t getting back into work, we could even think about supporting the wages of those whose employers are willing to offer opportunities to train and upskill on the job. Unique times call for unique measures.