Peter Aldous welcomes the Education Committee’s report on adult skills and lifelong learning and urges the Government to work collaboratively with local colleges, specifically calling for a long-term funding settlement for colleges and, more urgently, for the Education and Skills Funding Agency to revisit the decision to claw back funding from colleges that missed their 2020-2021 academic year targets by more than 10%.
Peter Aldous welcomes the Bill in general, but calls on the Government to look more closely at some of the detail, specifically the need to retain and reinvigorate enterprise zones, such as the one serving Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, clarification as to why no places in Suffolk and Waveney have been given priority in the Levelling Up Fund and the UK Community Renewal Fund and the need for a strategic approach to welfare support which should include long-term funding for local welfare assistance.
Peter Aldous welcomes initiatives to encourage women and girls into STEM careers but highlights the need for a career-long pathway to enable them to realise their full potential including fair recruitment processes, alumni networks and retention programmes.
Peter Aldous calls on the Government to encourage innovative techniques to decrease the environmental impact of detonating UXOs and calls for a review the regulatory framework to pursue an ecosystem approach that takes full account of the increasing and varied demand on our marine resources.
Peter Aldous welcomes the “Skills for Jobs” White Paper and asks the Government to set out the timetable and the criteria for selecting the trailblazers for local skills improvement plans so that the colleges, chambers of commerce and local enterprise partnership in Suffolk and Norfolk can put in a bid.
Peter Aldous highlights the logistical challenges facing colleges such as East Coast College as they prepare to test 5,000 students and 650 members of staff ahead of reopening and calls on the Government to work with colleges in a collaborative and flexible way to address the obstacles as they arise.