MP Stephen Lloyd attended an event in Parliament to support a National Consortium of Colleges and Providers (NCCP) campaign.
The event was to alert local businesses to the potential funding available to provide basic literacy and numeracy training in the workplace.
Stephen said, “A confident understanding of literacy and numeracy is vital for the majority of roles in today’s workplace. £50m in funding to provide basic English and maths training is available to businesses of all sizes until this July, and I’d urge all businesses who think they could benefit to apply. Our town has really been ahead of the trend with apprenticeships and other workplace schemes, so I’ve no doubt it could be with basic skills training as well.
“I encourage all interested employers to call the enquiry line on 0330 111 9885 or visit the NCCP website at www.ncc.ac.uk to find out how they could benefit from this substantial additional funding.”
Mr Lloyd also secured a Parliamentary debate in Westminster last week to discuss how careers advice for 14 to 19-year-olds could be improved. Although he welcomed the Government’s announcement during last year’s Autumn Statement that additional funding would be given to improving careers guidance, he argued that, higher quality careers advice was still needed in schools.
He said, “I welcomed the opportunity to lead a debate on such an issue as we all know the quality of careers advice directly affects our children’s future. There is an emerging skills gap and the Government needs to do more to ensure all young adults receive independent, well-informed and professional careers advice.
A confident understanding of literacy and numeracy is vital for the majority of roles in today’s workplace.MP Stephen Lloyd
“We were successful in highlighting the benefits of the AoC’s suggestions and the need for further reform.
“I also emphasised the success of our own Eastbourne Jobs Hub. This is an excellent example of partnership working which I opened last summer. Based in Eastbourne’s Town Centre Library and supported by Sussex Downs College, the borough and county councils and the Chamber of Commerce, it’s making a real difference locally in helping people get jobs. I want our schools careers advice service to become the best in the world. We need to get to students when they’re still really young, 13-14 even, so we can properly inform them of the huge range of jobs available.”