EDF Energy’s proposed Hinkley Point power plant: nuclear is one of the five sectors earmarked for support [Image: HO/AFP/Getty Images].

Theresa May will signal an era of greater state intervention in the economy as she launches her industrial strategy with a promise of “sector deals”, a new system of technical education and better infrastructure.

The University and College Union (UCU), which represents more than 110,000 higher education staff, [said] it was little more than a “relaunched skills strategy”.

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said: “This is a drop in the ocean that will do nothing to solve the funding crisis in further education, which has seen 1m adult places lost since 2010. If government wants to support technical education, it should invest in our further education colleges, which desperately need thousands more teachers, rather than another set of gimmicks.”

Source: PM launches ‘sector deals’ industrial strategy of state intervention | Politics | The Guardian

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