Lifelong Learning Post-Covid – Where Should Labour go now?’

A virtual event on Zoom from Right2Learn Campaign during Labour Party Conference
Tuesday 28th September – 4pm till 5pm

Speakers will be
Dave Ward (CWU General Secretary)
Estelle Morris ( former Education Secretary)
Tracy Brabin , Mayor of West Yorkshire
Kirstie Donnelly , Chief Exec, City & Guilds Group
Stephen Evans , Chief Exec, Learning & Work Institute
Mike Watson , Shadow Education Minister in the Lords
& Past co-chairs Lifelong Learning Commission

( The meeting will be chaired by Gordon Marsden , Labour’s Shadow FE, HE and Skills Minister , 2015-19 and a co-founder of Right2Learn)

This online meeting taking place during Labour Conference , is organised by Right2Learn ,the campaign launched last December which takes its inspiration from the 2019 Lifelong Learning Commission & its extensive recommendations to the Labour Party. This included a call for everyone to have a statutory right to learn , whatever their age or background.

Unequal access to learning for life is now a huge cause of inequality, with 4 million fewer people participating under Tory governments since 2010. It’s worsened levels of low skills and poorly paid work , as well as divisions in communities .The need for so many to reskill or change work in a rapidly changing digital world is made more urgent by the toll the pandemic is taking on many people’s jobs and businesses, plus the Government’s withdrawing funding from the highly effective Union Learning Fund .

So this Right to Learn event is very timely – with the Government’s Post16 and Skills Bill going through Parliament and the Budget and Spending Review now fixed for October 27th.
This event will look at how Labour can go forward with a lifelong learning strategy crucial for decent jobs , working conditions and skills , including green initiatives. How we can bring together post pandemic a holistic progressive programme , involving trade unions, the third sector, adult education and community groups , elected mayors and local authorities, working with and across universities, FE colleges , businesses , skills and employment providers.

This is a free event – so register now for this Zoom session online by going to: where-should-Labour-go-now/

Please come and join us online on Tuesday 28th – 4 to 5 pm !
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