New figures, sneaked out under cover of the Queen’s 90th birthday, show the number of learners participating in level 2 government-funded adult further education in the first two quarters of 2015/16 fell by 21.4 per cent to 597,000 compared to the previous year.
The number of people participating in full time Level 3 courses fell by 7.4 per cent in the same period.
Lib Dem Business spokesperson Lorely Burt said: “This Government is killing adult further education. At a time when we need to be giving people the chance to learn throughout their life and adapt to compete for the jobs of the future, the government is cutting off the chance for people to learn.
“We need to restore support for Further Education, including by reversing the freeze on the FE budget put in place by the Business Secretary.”
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