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FE and Skills Report Sets Out Life-Long Learning Aim

Dec 20, 2022


The Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Inna Gardiner, has today published the FE and Skills Actionable Agenda, which sets out the need to provide consolidated funding and support to allow Islanders to develop skills throughout their working life.

The FE and Skills Actionable Agenda sets out actions in several key areas, including technical education for 16-19 year olds, skills and education post-19, apprenticeships, higher education, higher technical and professional education, employer engagement, and the reprovisioning of Highlands College.

Among the key actions included are:

• Increase the age for education entitlement to 18 and up to the age of 25 for young people with special educational needs 

• Establish a Skills Fund, to enable a systematic approach to skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling Jersey’s workforce

• Allocate separate funds for adult numeracy and literacy, including for people who speak English as an additional language

• Review the cost and funding approach of apprenticeships.

• Work with the Jersey Employers Group (JEG) to provide apprenticeships in a wider range of professions and trades

• Provide greater autonomy and flexibility for Highlands College, and fund improvements to the campus

The Population and Skills Ministerial Group, which was established as part of the Chief Minister's 100 Day Plan, has overseen the paper, which aims to make Jersey’s labour market and economy more flexibly and adaptable. 

The Paper has been shared with Scrutiny and the States Assembly, and the actions will be taken forward with oversight from the Population and Skills Ministerial Group.

Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Inna Gardiner, said: The Island needs people who have the skills we need to keep the economy healthy. This isn’t just about providing an option for technical and professional education as an alternative to A Levels or IB. We must make sure that Islanders can keep learning after the age of 18; that they can build on what they know, develop new skills, or change careers.

“There is already some great work being done in specific areas around digital skills, and through apprenticeship. These actions will build on this good work, and ensure that we have the funding and the structures in place to develop the skills we need for our future.”

The full report can be viewed here.  


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