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Adults in England without A-levels to get free college course

30 09.20

Boris Johnson yesterday announced a new ‘lifetime skills guarantee’. Adults without A-levels are to be offered a free college course to help boost their employment opportunities in the beleaguered post-Covid-19 economy, as the PM reiterates the government’s warning that not all jobs can be saved.

As part of a package of measures, people who do not have A-levels or equivalent qualifications will be able to study a college course in England from April paid for via the £2.5bn national skills fund. Currently, the government pays for a first A-level equivalent qualification up to the age of 23, but this is being extended to all ages for courses deemed to be valued by employers with further details of those available due to be set out next month.