In response to Q1: Do you agree with our objectives for reforming adult skills funding?
Neither agree nor disagree.
The objective of an effective, simpler, streamlined system is appropriate in most circumstances. However, it is important to recognise the complexity of adult skills provision, which varies depending on the industrial or commercial sector to which it is aligned. Outcome-focused funding is appropriate for many areas of provision, but learning for adults is not linear. Funding should be fair and transparent, and our concern is that sometimes outcome-based funding may not achieve a fair result. It is also not clear what constitutes ‘fair’ in this proposal.
We recommend an approach which is sensitive to adult learner needs and local arrangements and which provides positive results, which may not immediately lead to work.
Full response to consultation