Skilled Workers: Expenditure

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th April 2022.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the change in the level of funding spent on skills, across all sectors of the economy, since 2010.

Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Spend by the Department for Education (and previously the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) on skills is reported through publication of the Annual Report and Accounts. These are available for each financial year since 2010/11.

The Department for Education (DfE) reports are available here:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reports are available here:

Responsibility for higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and skills moved from BIS to DfE in 2016.

In the 2021 Spending Review, the government set out its plan to invest £3.8 billion more in skills over the Parliament as a whole, equivalent to a cash increase of 42% compared to the 2019/20 financial year. This will ensure people can access high-quality training and education that leads to good jobs, addresses skills gaps, boosts productivity, and supports levelling up. This will support the sector to reform and deliver the technical, skilled education employers want and our economy needs.

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