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13 November 2019 08:42

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Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner to speak in Blackpool today focusing on education

Corbyn spewed forth his proposals to give people free access to education for life with what he plans to call the National Education Service. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner will be speaking in Blackpool later today, focusing on education, ahead of the general election next month. Mr Corbyn and Mrs Rayner will make speeches in the resort, where the shadow education secretary will announce plans to ensure everyone has access to education and training throughout their life to end skills shortages and "allow our economy to rise to the opportunities of the future". Labour is pledging to put vocational education on a par with university degrees and deliver a radical expansion of lifelong learning to make sure "no one is shut out of education." Labour's plans will enable adults to return to study for free and ensure everyone has the time and support they need to study and retrain. Mrs Rayner will say that Labour will "throw open the door" for adults to study, "whether they want to change career, are made redundant or didn't get the qualifications they needed when they were younger." Labour's commitment to lifelong learning is part of its plans for a National Education Service, which will provide 'cradle-to-grave' learning that is free at the point of use.

A spokesman for the party said: "Labour will provide 30 hours of free childcare to all two to four year olds, open 1000 new Sure Start centres, cut class sizes for all 5, 6 and 7 year olds, scrap SATs for key stage 1 and 2 and provide free school meals to all primary school children. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner were in Blackpool today to announce the party's flagship policies for further education. So we will throw open the door for adults to study, whether they want to change career, are made redundant or didn't get the qualifications they needed when they were younger. We will extend free education to ensure we have the skills we need to allow our economy to rise to the opportunities of the future. We'll make sure no one is shut out of education by giving people the support, time and funding they need to train so that we have the skills we need to meet the changing nature of work, rise to the challenges of automation, lead our economy through the Green Industrial Revolution.

So as part of Labour's National Education Service, we will deliver a new, fully funded right to lifelong learning. We will ensure every adult is supported to re-enter education, and we will give them the chance to gain the basic qualifications they need, whether that's at level 1, GCSE or through functional skills, so that nobody is locked out of work or other opportunities because they did not succeed in education the first time. As part of the next Labour government's National Education Service, we will throw open the door to retraining, upskilling, and lifelong learning. By being able to return to education whenever they need to, they will be given real power over their own lives, their own careers and their own opportunities. Working with businesses and trade unions, we will give workers a new right to paid time off for education and training, enshrined in law so that they can access the opportunities that are right for them.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner is today announcing plans to end the skills shortage by allowing adults to return to education for free. Under Labour's plans, any adult without A-level or equivalent qualification could attend college to study for them for free. Every adult would also be entitled to six years of study for diplomas and degrees while workers would get the right to paid time off for education and training. Ms Rayner said: "Labour will throw open the door for adults to study, whether they want to change career, are made redundant or didn't get the qualifications they needed when they were younger. We will make free education a right to ensure we have the skills we need to allow our economy to rise to the opportunities of the future." Labour has set out education plans it says would be the most "radical" their government would put into place, including free adult training for everyone.

The party's shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, drew on her own experience of returning to college in later life to announce Labour's new plan to allow adults to access education for free throughout different periods of their careers. The party will pledge to leave a legacy of a "National Education Service" which Ms Rayner said would "throw open the door for adults to study, whether they want to change career, are made redundant or didn't get the qualifications they needed when they were younger". Ms Rayner said Labour policy was needed to fill a skills shortage and to retrain people in roles at risk from automation. Labour's plans will give adults access to six years of credits at Level 4 to 6, and qualifications above A level, up to undergraduate degree.