The new system for allocating government funding to further education and training in England has now come into effect, following a transition period over recent months.
The Skills Funding Agency will fund and regulate adult further education and skills in England.
There will be four direct routes into training for employers and learners – Train to Gain, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Adult Advancement and Careers Service, as well as further education colleges and training organisations.
Further Education and Skills Minister Kevin Brennan said:
“It has never been more important to make sure the right people have the right skills to get into new industries and get on in their careers.
“This new flexible system will drive forward development of new skills at all levels. It will respond to changing demand from employers and learners in the years ahead, and reinforce the freedom of colleges to direct funding to where it is needed most.
“Anyone who wants to get access to some of the fantastic training available should simply get in touch with their local college.”
Establishment of this new system follows publication of the Skills for Growth strategy last year and Royal Assent being granted to the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act in November 2009.
Under the Act, local authorities will take on responsibility for securing education and training for all 16 to 19 year olds.
Today also sees the Young People’s Learning Agency taking up its responsibilities in 16 to 19-year-old provision, working with Government and local authorities to help develop and deliver their vision and plans for young people’s learning
Young People’s Minister Iain Wright said: