A conservative’s view backs further education – a message for Australia

England’s Minister for Education, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, outlined the blue print for further education in an inspiring speech in early July.

He outlines the need for further education in the COVID recovery. ‘As we recover from this tragedy, further education will be even more important than ever, he said.  And added, ‘the development of technical and vocational skills, the greater embedding of digital skills – will be vital to charting our course to recovery.’

The Minister praised the effort of further education colleges during the COVID lockdown.

The proportion of learners that colleges have managed to keep engaged is astounding. And while the challenge of moving learning online has been formidable, the success with which it has been achieved demonstrates the vast potential of digital learning – and the potential to transform education further as the pace of technological change continues to accelerate.

Take the time to read his speech. You will be inspired.

And listen to reflections of David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges