The Conservatives look set to continue with their skills agenda having scraped through to form a minority government with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. Their plan to expand the apprenticeship programme and to introduce the new T-levels are likely to remain the cornerstones of the skills plan.
FE Week columnist, Shane Chown, said that he expected the Conservatives to continue with their proposals: “There was very little that was actually new in the manifesto,” he said, “None of it is so controversial that the Tories will be worried about the political capital they might have lost.”
The perhaps unanticipated large Labour vote share has been credited to the high turnout of younger voters. Education and skills were central to Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto. He pledged a new ‘central education service’ including proposals to scrap FE fees for adult leaders and a promise to scrap university tuition fees. Policies that would have resonated with younger voters.