A plan for an adult skills and lifelong learning revolution



1 Introduction

Our inquiry

2 Why adult skills and lifelong learning matters

The benefits of ASALL

3 The need for a national strategy

The decline in participation

Information, advice and guidance

The need for flexible and modular learning

4 Funding for adult education

The Adult Education Budget

The need for a long-term funding settlement

Individual Learning Accounts

Statutory Entitlements funded through the Adult Education Budget

Digital skills

Learning at level

Learning at level

5 Adult community learning

What is adult community learning?

The benefits of community learning

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision

Learners with SEND

Childcare for adult learners

Department data on community learning

Community learning funding

A strategy for community learning

6 Employer-led training

The state of employer-led training

A skills tax credit to incentivise training

The Union Learning Fund

7 Higher education

The state of part-time higher education

Characteristics of the part-time learner cohort

Maintenance support for part-time learners

Degree apprenticeships

Relaxing Equivalent or Lower Qualification funding rules

8 Combined and local authorities

Background to AEB devolution

How well is AEB devolution working so far?

The new UK Shared Prosperity Fund

An enhanced role for local authorities

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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