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Adult Education: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent to support adult learners completing their first full level three course in further education in each of the last five years. (205528)

Our ambition for higher intermediate skills (level 3) is critical to our future competitiveness and economic success. The Government's response to Leitch ‘World Class Skills: implementing the Leitch review of skills in England’ (July, 2007) committed to the Leitch level 3 ambition, which equates to 1.9 million more adults achieving level 3 by 2020.

In terms of milestones, this will mean moving from 49.2 per cent. of the adult population (19+) with level 3 or higher qualifications in 2006 to 56 per cent. by 2011 and up to 68 per cent. by 2020.

Using actual and planned learner numbers on full level 3 qualifications it is possible to estimate the level of public funding invested in these qualifications. This estimate covers expenditure on all full level 3 qualifications as data are not collected on the number of learners undertaking a first full level 3 qualification. The following table sets out information from 2005-06 to 2010-11 based on the structure of the 2008-09 Grant Letter to the Learning and Skills Council. It covers the years that we are able to estimate on the overall level of investment in full level 3 qualifications.

Estimated public investment in adult (aged 19+) full level 3 qualifications

£000 (rounded to the nearest £ million)

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Adult learner responsive model

248,000

254,000

268,000

313,000

373,000

412,000

Employer responsive model

36,000

42,000

88,000

143,000

168,000

362,000

Total

284,000

296,000

356,000

456,000

541,000

774,000