General Election Results 2017 – Sector Response

Responding to the election results overnight, in the FE News.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Last night’s election result has left us all in limbo. In the short term, the uncertainty and possible delays put even more pressure on some of the key operational decisions which DfE need to make very quickly.

 “Throughout this short election campaign, our message has been simple. For the UK to succeed in a post-Brexit world, this country must be more self-sufficient in skills. Colleges are ready to make this a reality. We need to develop a culture of lifelong learning and make this the norm in all communities for all people. To achieve this, colleges need to have the right investment. We will continue to push this message to the next Government, however this is formed.

“The strong turnout from young people is good news. Colleges across the country have worked hard to encourage voter registration as well as running hustings and debates. We live in a participatory democracy, and getting young people engaged is good for all of us.”

Stephen Evans, Learning and Work Institue, comments:  

“After the last few years, we perhaps shouldn’t really be surprised by another unexpected election result. It is not yet clear what form the next government will take or whether a further election will be needed in the coming months or years. And with Brexit negotiations due to start in less than two weeks, it is not entirely helpful that we don’t know who will be negotiating or for what.

“Nonetheless, the challenges we faced yesterday are still the challenges we face today. We need to secure a Brexit outcome that gets investment in people, skills and jobs: our #futureESF campaign continues. We need high quality technical and vocational education for prosperity and opportunity. And we need to invest in people so everyone has a fair chance in life.
 
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