Following the announcement of a 24% cut to the adult education budget in England a major campaign was launched to save further education and we are calling on everyone to help by signing and sharing the petition which now has over 42555 signatures.
The cuts of up to a quarter in funding for adult learning courses risk decimating further education provision and leaving millions of the most vulnerable adults without access to any opportunity to improve their education.
The Skills Funding Letter 2015-16 outlined that £770m of adult skills funding in 2015-16 will be set aside for apprenticeships. This means that the bulk of the overall 11% cut to the Adult Skills Budget will fall on non-apprenticeship provision; the Skills Funding Agency has estimated that this could amount to cuts of up to 24% for non-apprenticeship learning in 2015-16.
These cuts will hit vulnerable learners hardest, with millions of people who missed out on qualifications at school or those who need to retrain missing out if the cuts go ahead in 2015/16.