Support for plans to boost adult education

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THE MP for Gosport has welcomed new measures to support adults in further education.

The Government announced that it will make loans for fees available to learners aged 24 and over for the first time. This will allow adult learners in Level 3 and above courses to access finance well below the high street rates.

Caroline Dinenage said: ‘Further education is the key to a brighter, more promising future for many adults, and I am delighted that more people will be encouraged to pursue this avenue.

‘One of the main barriers to participation will be removed, as learners will pay nothing up front, and not start to pay back until they are earning more than £21,000.’

Caroline went on to welcome the £50m package of support for more vulnerable learners, such as ex-military personnel and those with learning difficulties.

Research has indicated that 74 per cent of adults would consider undertaking further education under the new system.