Liz Bromley, commented:
“NCG welcomes the news of additional, much-needed funding for Further Education in this week’s Spending Review.
“This funding will be vital in supporting colleges as we prepare to play a key role in ‘levelling-up’ Britain in a challenging post-Covid and post-Brexit economy.
“In particular, this funding will help us to deliver on our own mission of enabling social mobility and economic prosperity through exceptional education and outstanding learning environments.
“We are ready to support everyone who will need to access education and training in the coming years and we look forward to working closely with local government and employers to ensure that enterprise, engagement and employability remain at the centre of our student experience.”
Grant Glendinning, said:
“The announcement of additional support for apprenticeships in the Spending Review is welcome news for NCG, and the 2,000 apprentices we have on board across our colleges.
“The government is rightly focusing on a skills-led recovery for the UK post-Covid, and apprentices will play a huge part in supporting businesses to overcome the challenges of the next few months and years.
“Apprenticeships are key to developing a workforce that is fit for purpose, providing vital opportunities for people of all ages to gain skills and experience while earning a wage. The extension of the incentives scheme and extra support for SMEs to hire apprentices will help local employers, who are the cornerstone of our local economies, to recover, rebuild and benefit from the skills, enthusiasm, and innovation that apprentices can offer.”