Well done Prime Minister for the apprenticeship and education policy that was unveiled yesterday.

The Prime Minister is keen for those who have lost their jobs due to this Covid 19 pandemic or those who feel they want to change their roles, will have the chance to access free courses or educational loans to do this. Pretty much like they do with the Student Loans.

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From April, adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course – providing them with skills valued by employers, and the opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them. Higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing adults and young people to space out their study across their lifetimes, take more high quality vocational courses in further education colleges and universities, and to support people to retrain for jobs of the future.

The Prime Minister suggested that some jobs in traditional shops, pubs or restaurants may be gone for good, saying coronavirus ‘has compressed that revolution’ in areas like online shopping. ‘Let’s imagine that you are 30 years old, you left school without A-levels and you are thinking – you were in retail or hospitality – you could find a job in the wind farm sector in the North East, or in space technology in Newquay or in construction here in Exeter,’ he added.

The government is also committing £8million for digital skills boot camps, expanding successful pilots in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and introducing programmes in new locations. From next year, boot camps will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering.

I think this is a brilliant idea as education is not wasted on anybody. I have taken over 17 courses and am now looking at what Masters courses to take and it has boosted me hugely. Working class people did not really go to University when I was young, and A levels was only for a few as we had to work, but to be able to continue studying with help is a fantastic step forward and I think that so long as it is audited well and that the courses are value for money then why not? We could have young people or people who are retraining becoming brickies, plumbers etc and to have our home grown people can only be a good thing.

I have always advocated training and education as it is not wasted and it helps when you decide to take that step forward as to your current employer it shows you are motivated, and to a potential employer it shows you are motivated and willing to improve your knowledge.

What is there not to like about that? I do hope though that they don’t call things like customer service training an apprenticeship! We know its not…. Save them for the real hands on jobs and ones that take considerable time to achieve. After all if somebody is wiling to do this then don’t insult them with mickey mouse courses that we know are not worth the paper they are wrote on.

This is a good thing and worth exploring more.

The government is also expected to announce an increase in apprenticeship opportunities with more funding for small firm apprenticeships, and greater flexibility training is structured