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The future government must reform the apprenticeship levy, introduce a young person’s guarantee to education and training, and establish a national social partnership body, the Association of Colleges has said.

In a seminal report, 100% opportunity: the case for a tertiary education system, ahead of mayoral and general elections this year, AoC says that England’s post-16 education system needs urgent reform if it is to meet the needs of 100% of young people and adults.

Currently, there is a set of siloed and fragmented education policies, with some good features, but without any clear strategy and priorities. Despite this, colleges across the country still manage to deliver great outcomes. However, they could do so much more with a better system.

The changes set out by AoC would empower colleges to fulfil their role in boosting our economy and society, by ensuring equitable access to education and improved outcomes for individuals and employers alike.

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