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Boris Johnson announces free college courses for adults to find work in post covid world

Boris Johnson announces free college courses for adults to find work in post covid world

Boris Johnson announces free college courses for adults to find work in post covid world

PM Boris Johnson has announced free courses for adults without A-levels will start in April, to help retrain adults to find work in a post-Covid world. 

The prime minister, announcing a transformation of the training and skills system, said higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing people to space out their study across their lifetimes. 

The free courses will be available in England from April and will be paid for through the National Skills Fund. The courses will be available to adults who do not have A -level or equivalent qualifications. 

There will also be an increase in apprenticeship opportunities, with more funding for small and medium-sized businesses taking on apprentices. 

The PM said he was overhauling the training system to help the British public adapt to the pandemic and changing economy.

He outlined his intentions to create conditions for people to upskill at any stage of their life in a bid to help those made redundant to retrain for new positions. 

Johnson said the crisis had exposed the “shortcomings” of the UK’s educational system. 

“We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain,” he said

Chancellor Rishi Sunak last week, when unveiling his plan to support jobs after the furlough scheme is wound down next month, admitted not every job can be saved following the hit that Covid-19 has dealt the economy, with his focus turning to propping up “viable” employment.

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