Commenting on the measures relating to further education in Government’s 2017 Spring Budget, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:


“While additional investment in Further Education is to be welcomed, this still only represents a fraction of what has been cut from post-16 education and training budgets since 2010, where real-terms funding per student has fallen dramatically.


“With Brexit on the horizon, the Government needs urgently to demonstrate that its Industrial Strategy will deliver the vital injection of support to the post-16 sector that is desperately needed.


“We hope that with a renewed focus on technical qualifications, the Government will now work with the sector to ensure that all young people, regardless of prior attainment, have access to a wide choice of relevant and high-status learning opportunities and pathways which prepare them for life beyond school and college.”


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