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City Lit call for focus on adult education following General Election announcement

Story added 18th Apr 2017

Following Theresa May’s surprise announcement today that an election will take place on Thursday 8th June 2017, City Lit are calling on all parties to consider the importance of adult education as they start drawing up their manifestos.

Phil Chamberlain, Executive Director of External Engagement at City Lit has reiterated the college’s desire to see adult education included as part of the debate in the upcoming election campaign:

“Although the impending negotiations over Britain’s withdrawal from the EU are likely to dominate proceedings in a relatively short General Election campaign, we remain hopeful that all parties will exercise a commitment to adult education and lifelong learning in their respective manifestos. With significant political uncertainty likely over the next decade, we believe all parties should offer sensible strategies in relation to adult education to help the UK workforce remain agile and in turn boost productivity. 

“At City Lit, we believe people have a fundamental right to learn and improve themselves. Adult education is a vital asset for any society, and in a working world that is changing all the time, a commitment to helping people reskill and retrain should be a priority for any prospective party of government.”