The adult skills gap: is falling investment in UK adults stalling social mobility?
AuthorsDaria Luchinskaya and Peter Dickinson
The report finds that: Disadvantaged adults with the lowest qualifications are the least likely to access adult training despite being the group who would benefit most ; Overall investment in adult skills from employers, government and individuals was around £44 billion in 2013 to 2014 - government funds just 7% of this training ; Government funding for the Adult Skills Budget fell by £830 million (cash terms) between 2010 to 2011, and from £2.84 billion to £2.01 billion, equivalent to a 34% fall (real terms) between 2015 to 2016 ; Graduates are 3 times more likely to receive training than those with no qualifications, while professionals and managers are about twice as likely to receive training as lower-skilled workers
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