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Commenting on the Queen’s speech, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The post-16 education sector has endured a decade of cuts and underfunding and the commitment to vocational education and skills and support for lifelong learning is long overdue.

“It is critical that young people and adults have access to high quality training, education and advice, particularly given the severe economy challenges arising from the pandemic.

“It is a pity the same Government programme for further education comes just a few months after ministers’ decision to axe funding for the Unionlearn scheme which supported thousands of workers to access training and basic skills.

“The Government now needs to put its money where its mouth is and provide the investment needed to ensure education and training is accessible to all.

“Ministers also need to ensure that, wherever people are employed, their basic rights at work are protected. Absent from today’s legislative programme are any measures to end the growing abuse of employment rights and unscrupulous practices by employers, including the unacceptable use of dismissal and re-engagement practices.

“Supporting people to gain the skills they need to find work and progress their careers must go hand in hand with ensuring they are treated decently and fairly in the workplace.”


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