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UK: No more funds for educating over-25s
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has proposed scrapping funding for free adult education (the over-25s) from 2013 due to cost-cutting. In the future, people in their mid-twenties who want to improve their skills would have pay for it or ask their employers to contribute to the expenses of the course.
Rachel Krys, campaign director at the Employers Forum on Age, criticised the move saying it would ‘ put people off thinking about training because they cannot recover the costs.’
For their part, the BIS stated they would announce further changes ‘to help employers and individuals to secure the skills they need.’