Here’s her take on Universal Credit, science, Liverpool, same-sex marriage – and her department. “Big thanks to the Jabs Army, we are the Jobs Army.”
“What will drive levelling up is not necessarily about roads and bridges but getting people ready for the industries of the future.”
The first of a ConHome series this week on Boris Johnson’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
The devolved Adult Education Budget ensures that every pound delivers more qualifications that employers actually want.
What normalisation should mean is the return to a functioning market economy where our wants and needs are met in today’s circumstances.
If, that is, interest rates carry on at rock bottom rates. But we have to take a chance on growing our way out of this crisis.
The restriction on the number of apprentices small businesses can take on should be lifted. FE colleges should boost entrepreneurship.
The Apprenticeship Levy is not working. Greater flexibility is needed so employers boost spending on high-quality training.
The Government must spare no effort to deliver dignified work, up-to-date infrastructure, and state-of-the-art training to these long-neglected communities.
In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
Rather than abandon the Apprenticeship Levy, the Conservatives should radically reform it.
The region is still strong Labour territory. We must ensure that Andy Street is at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
The savings for the taxpayer could be used to boost training opportunities for other young people.
The oft-maligned ‘gig economy’ is delivering flexibility, innovation, choice, and value to millions. But for it to keep doing so, we must adapt.
We have a habit of looking back at policy platforms pursued by previous Conservative Governments, and attempting to bring back popular policies like a poor Hollywood remake.