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More flexible learning needed says CBI.

More flexible learning needed says CBI.

A generation of ‘lost learners’ are missing out on the chance to develop the skills at university that employers and the UK economy need, because of the cost and time it takes to study part-time.

This is one of the main findings of a project set up by Universities UK (UUK) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) earlier this year to look at the decline in part-time student enrolments and the changing needs of students and employers. ​

In a joint statement to government and the current review of post-18 education and funding in England, UUK and the CBI recommend:

  • Evolution of the Apprenticeship Levy into a more flexible ‘Skills Levy’ so that it can cover a wider range of training, including more flexible study
  • Greater support for students moving between work and study across their lifetimes, with the education system supporting shorter and more flexible courses
  • More collaboration between employers and higher and further education, to help learners progress on to qualifications between A-levels and a university degree.

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