News & Views News Autumn Budget 2017 On Wednesday 22nd November the Chancellor will deliver his Autumn Budget 2017. What will this mean for education, skills and employment? Indications suggest this will be a budget for young people. But will that be enough to address the potentially significant challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit, low productivity, and policies and economics that are driving longer working lives? The Campaign for Learning is holding a seminar on 27th November to analyse the budget and discuss the issues. But in advance of the statement, education and training organisations have been publishing their thoughts on how the budget can support England's education and training needs. Holex is the representative and membership body for adult learning providers. Its Autumn Budget 2017 representation calls for a budget for all adults learners that wish to train and retrain, and a budget for all young people. Among its recommendations is that an Adult Education, Skills and Employment Strategy should be prepared with equal status to the Industrial Strategy, and the setting up of an adult basic skills fund for low-skills sectors. AELP, the membership body for training providers, has in its submission called for equitable funding for additional English and maths provision within an apprenticeship programme and full commissioning of the Adult Education Budget as a means of reskilling adults for sustainable employment post-Brexit. The Learning and Work Institute is calling for a better offer for young people including measures which encourages more young apprentices and widens access, including through an Apprentice Premium. It also asks government to work with partners to develop a learning and skills strategy, and increase investment in adult learning. The Association of Colleges in its representation sets out 15 recommendations which will increase investment in skills to support the Government's Industrial Strategy, provide a fair funding formula for schools, colleges and universities, ensure a period of stability to build quality apprenticeships and support people to access education and training. The Campaign for Learning has set out its thinking over the last two governments, including calling for incentives to ensure apprenticeship opportunities for 16-17 year olds; a system of Lifelong Learning Accounts to support upskilling and reskilling, and maintenance loans for FE students. To discuss the Autumn Budget 2017 join us for our event on 27th November.