6 March 2017

Responding to yesterday's announcement on investment in skills and technical education, Paul Eeles, in his capacity as Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), said:

"We welcome the Chancellor's positive move to invest more in technical education for young people. The increased investment will allow for more contact hours and will help to drive up standards in Britain.

"Ensuring each Technical Route is supported by robust qualifications, developed and delivered with employers, will be vital to raising productivity.

"The government must now look to address Britain's ageing workforce, and invest accordingly to ensure older workers are provided with the opportunity to refresh and update their skills to remain competitive in the labour market."