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Boris Johnson announces new upskilling scheme

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Boris Johnson announced the Lifetime Skills Guarantee scheme which is a government-funded upskilling initiative.


By U2B Staff 

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British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson recently announced the launch of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee scheme, a government-funded upskilling initiative.

Now, the scheme will offer over 400 courses for free to eligible individuals in the UK from April next year.

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee scheme was launched in September this year and was an initiative geared towards transforming the training and skills system, making it fit for the 21st-century economy, and helping the country build back better from coronavirus.

The offer is backed by £95 million from the £2.5 billion National Skills Fund which is a financing programme that supports the immediate economic recovery and helps meet future skills needs.

Commenting on this scheme, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “Despite all our efforts, coronavirus is damaging the economy and putting people out of work. But I am determined to help everyone who has lost their job to retrain, develop new skills, and find new opportunities.”

Through this fully funded scheme, individuals will be able to enrol in courses linking to jobs in a range of sectors such as building and construction, teaching and lecturing, engineering, and environmental conservation.

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In the first phase of this scheme, adults over the age of 24 will be eligible to enrol in Level 3 qualifications, which is equivalent to a technical certificate or diploma.

Additionally, eligible individuals will be able to enrol in a Skills Bootcamp which is also part of the scheme.

The Skills Bootcamp will offer free, flexible short courses that will give students the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to land an interview with a local employer.

The subject areas offered in the Skills Bootcamp will focus on developing digital skills including software development, digital marketing, and data analytics.

UK’s Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that as the county recovers from the pandemic, the government is focused on making sure that individuals and businesses can build back better than before.

Williamson added, “Our new Lifetime Skills Guarantee promises to help you get the skills you need at every stage of your life. I would urge all those eligible to see what course they can take from spring next year and start thinking about their next steps.”

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The Skills Bootcamps will now also include courses in technical skills such as welding, engineering, and construction.

Skills Bootcamps are available in several locations including Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, Heart of the South West, Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, and West Midlands.

Essentially, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee initiative aims to provide qualifications that can help adults get ahead in work and boost their job prospects.

The qualifications on offer will undergo regular evaluation, and the courses offered will be subject to change.

The government will also offer a Lifelong Loan Entitlement which will allow individuals to enrol in high-quality courses in both further education colleges and universities throughout their lifetimes.