The government will announce that adults with no high school diploma or equivalent will be offered a free college course.
Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeship and Skills, said the program will address “massive skills shortages” that could span sectors from engineering, science, data, digital and construction.
She told Times Radio, “There are many areas where there is a shortage of skilled workers. So we want people to have really good careers in those areas.”
She said the program would be available to anyone age 24 and older “until the point you want to move on” and would apply to “as many adults” as they want to take in.
She added that it would be “a big part of our adults”.
Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeship and Skills, said the college program was a response to a skills shortage in the country accelerated by the coronavirus.
She told Times Radio, “We have spoken many times about the need for retraining.
“There will be some technological disruptions based on artificial intelligence robotics and the trend towards online movement, and some aspects of it have been massively accelerated by the coronavirus.
“We wanted to make sure we had the right package to support adults in their development and career development and to give them opportunities that they may not have had in years.”