Training accounts and tax relief for learning
October 28, 2014 Leave a comment
A Guardian article this week explored the question, “Funding cuts, policy changes and careers advice: how are colleges faring”
The article featured a response from Ruth Spelman:
“We want to start adult learning accounts, to which individuals, employers and individuals could contribute,” explains Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the Workers’ Educational Association. “Getting [adult learners] started is often the most difficult bit so it’s resource intensive.” Given that specialist adult providers need to invest so much upfront to boost confidence and help people overcome false starts, having some certainty that they can actually afford a course – both for the college and the individual involved – is vital to ensure older learners feel able to take advantage of educational opportunities.
Ruth is highlighting one of the issues raised in the WEA’s Manifesto as its second recommendation:
The WEA calls on employers and the government to help people into work and once there to encourage skills development through training accounts and tax relief for learning. The WEA also calls on central and local government and public agencies to ensure that procurement activities reduce in-work poverty through the promotion of the Living Wage.
This is a summary reminder of all the recommendations in the WEA Manifesto: