Boris Johnson jobs recovery plan: What will PM announce in his post-pandemic plan?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will in a speech on Tuesday, September 29, promise guaranteed opportunities for life-long learning as part of a jobs recovery plan after the coronavirus pandemic has ended. Mr Johnson’s intention is to create opportunities and conditions for people to upskill at any stage of their life. This, he believes, will help those made redundant to retrain for new positions.

What will Boris Johnson announce?

Mr Johnson is planning to say: “As the Chancellor has said, we cannot, alas, save every job.

“What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs.

“So my message today is that at every stage of your life, this Government will help you get the skills you need.”

Downing Street has confirmed a list of available courses will be announced in October.

Mr Johnson is expected to add: “We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.”

The offer will be available from April in England, and will be paid for through the National Skills Fund.

The Government will top the fund up with an additional £2.5 billion.

As part of the plan, the Government aims to make higher education loans more flexible, by allowing adults and young people to space out their study across their lifetimes.

Apprenticeship opportunities will also be increased as part of Mr Johnson’s plan.

There will be more funding for small and medium-sized enterprises taking on apprentices, and greater flexibility in how their training is structured, especially in sectors such as construction and creative industries.

Between March and August, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits rose 120 percent to 2.7 million.

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The biggest rise in unemployment has been among young people – up 76,000 for 16- to 24-year-olds compared to last year.

Most economists expect unemployment to continue rising for the rest of the year.

Scenarios published by the Office for Budget Responsibility said the most optimistic scenario would see the unemployment rate peak at 9.7 percent this year and return to levels pre-pandemic in 2022.

In it’s most negative scenario, it peaks at 13.2 percent in 2021 and is still at 6.3 percent by the end of this scenario in 2024.

The CBI called the Government’s learning reforms a “strong start”.

Director general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said: “Retraining was already a vital priority for the UK.

“The significant unemployment coronavirus is leaving in its wake only accelerates the need for people to develop new skills and adapt to new ways of working.

“The lifetime skills guarantee and flexible loans to support bitesize learning are a strong start.

“But to really shift gears, this must be backed up by meaningful progress on evolving the apprenticeship levy into a flexible skills levy.”

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