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Economic Affairs Committee
Oral evidence concluded; report in preparation.
The Committee is conducting an inquiry into the economics of higher education, further education and vocational training. The percentage of young adults (ages 17 to 30) estimated to participate in higher education has increased from 42 per cent in 2006/07 to 48 per cent in 2014/15. But excluding universities, there was a 26 per cent fall in adult skills and education between 2011/12 and 2015/16. There has however been substantial growth in the number of apprenticeships over the same period and the Government pledged to create three million apprenticeships by 2020.
The inquiry will investigate how post-school education is funded and whether it is focused sufficiently on the skills which the British economy requires.
Evidence given by The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills; Mr Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
Evidence given by I: Professor Alison Fuller, Pro-Director, Research and Development, Institute of Education, University College London; Dr Hilary Steedman, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics; Mr Antony Jenkins, Chair, Institute for Apprenticeships.
II: Professor Sir Alan Tuckett, Professor of Education, University of Wolverhampton; Professor Ewart Keep, Director, Oxford University, Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance; Mr Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute.
Evidence given by I: Julian Gravatt, Assistant CEO, Association of Colleges; Richard Atkins CBE, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education; Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College.
II: Eileen Milner, Chief Executive and Accounting Officer, Education and Skills Funding Agency; Sue Husband, Director, National Apprenticeship Service; Peter Mucklow, Director, Intervention and Young People’s Funding Group, Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Economic Affairs Committee takes evidence on Tuesday 27 February at 3.35pm
The Members of the Committee have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry: