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Learning for Life

October 17, 2019 10:21 PM
By Ryan Bate PPC

Ryan Bate at Conference (Warrington Liberal Democrats)

Liberal Democrats are calling for a major boost to investment in further education and lifelong learning.

Annual funding for a student in 16 to 19 education has fallen in real terms by 18% since 2010 and two in five education colleges are in deficit.

Cllr Ryan Bate, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South, drew on his own teaching experience when speaking about lifelong this subject at his party's national conference. Ryan says, "As a teacher, I know how important this issue is. Young people who leave my school shouldn't be faced with an under-funded college course.

We also know that adults need the support to retrain throughout their working lives to stay employable and adapt to new technology in the workplace. Apart from the need to enable people to retrain, I am also passionate that people should be able to access learning as an end in itself. It is more than just about serving the economy.

The Liberal Democrats would match college funding to school funding and give every adult an educational allowance, topped up at 25, 40 and 55, to use as they see fit."