In a fast-moving and rapidly changing world, lifelong learning has never been more important than it is today. As people live longer, life experiences become more numerous and more diverse. Lifelong learning is about getting the best out of the world we live in and helps shape the world we want to create.

As Mayor, I will coordinate existing opportunities and create new ones in the area of meaningful adult education. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are subjects I understand well – as a an engineer myself! These are the core of the skills needed for our future, and will be promoted to school children, in Further and Higher Education, and in adult retraining.

The Adult Education Budget is not devolved in the first year of the Mayor’s term, because the capacity to manage it needs to be set up first. My first priority for Adult Education will be to complete a full audit of existing courses, provision and demand.

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