Boost to 'High Priority' Courses

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More learners than ever in Further Education are participating in longer, "high priority" courses, including literacy and numeracy, full Level 2 and Level 3, according to government figures.

A Statistical First Release on learner enrolments for 2006/07 shows more adults than ever undertaking courses in basic and Level 2 skills.

The figures relate solely to publicly funded programmes the government says that further research will show that in 2006/07 an additional 90,000 learners are taking self-funded courses.

The research shows:

  • The number of young learners (aged under 19) increased by 5.1% over 2005 to 688,000.
  • Participation by young learners on full level 2 and full level 3 programmes was up by 10.2% and 7.6% respectively.
  • The number of adult learners participating in Skills for Life programmes in 2006 was up by 17.1% on 2005 to 155,700.
  • The number of adult learners on full level 2 programmes increased by 7.3%.
  • Welcoming the figures Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Bill Rammell said: “The increases in adult full Level 2 provision (GCSE equivalent) and the fact that we have reached our interim target of 1 million adults achieving their first full Level 2 qualification is good news for the economy and the country.”

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