Today the Government has confirmed the entitlements of Level 3 qualifications that will be available free of charge to eligible adults in England from April 2021 under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
PACEY is pleased to report that Level Three early years and childcare courses are included among the list of almost 400 courses.
The Lifetime Skills Guarantee was first announced in September as a way to help people boost their employability, seek better jobs and improve the economy in a post-Covid era. Adults in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification will be able to take fully-funded college courses from April 2021. This offer is backed by £95 million from the National Skills Fund.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
“The inclusion of early years and childcare courses in this offer is important, as it will help providers upskill their existing staff and help address the long standing recruitment challenges in the sector. Whilst we of course welcome this investment and would encourage more people to consider a career in the early years, the Department for Education needs to do much more to support early years and childcare providers to remain sustainable services.
Our youngest children deserve a high quality, skilled workforce and this is only possible if government provides funding for early education places that covers the full cost of delivering that place and works with the sector to establish a long term strategy that support families, especially the most disadvantaged, to benefit from early education and childcare. Without it, people in the sector will continue to be low paid, under-valued and turnover of staff will remain a challenge. People working in childcare should not be earning less than someone working in a supermarket nor should they have to rely on in-work benefits."