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Potential cuts to adult learning funding planned by the government will be of great detriment to the recovery of the UK economy according to Perspective, a leading authority on learner management and apprentice training.

The budget, announced on Wednesday, is reported to plan varying degrees of reductions in funding for further education, despite the area not being directly mentioned. With unemployment having been at an all time high following the recession, Perspective has argued that further education has a key role to play in the economic and social recovery of the UK, and that funding cuts will only hinder industries as they search for skilled workers during a time of serious shortage.

With many of those unemployed being over the age of 25 years old, many such people could see further education as a solution to their lack of work, enrolling on courses that will enable them to learn the valuable skills that are in such high demand. As such, any cuts to further education are likely to hinder this process, likely resulting in slower progress in terms of both unemployment and economic recovery.

Paul Davis, Managing Director at Perspective, said: “Further education has an instrumental role to play in the UK’s recovery from recession, and cuts to the funding of college courses and apprenticeships for those of the unemployed who are more mature will more than likely slow the process of aiding and abetting the skills shortage currently being experienced in the UK.

“With many businesses already reaping the benefits of apprenticeship schemes and college trained workers who already possess the necessary skills to help them achieve success, it is a shame that these positives are increasingly likely to be hindered by pre-election cuts.”

Perspective is a leading provider of learner management software for businesses looking to manage and monitor their trainees on apprenticeship schemes.

PerspectiveCLM (Collaborative Learning Manager) provides a training monitoring solution for colleges and academic institutions with a need to manage large numbers of learners. Perspective also provides a service for those businesses employing apprentices as part of their recruitment process, Sunesis.

Both pieces of software allow for the real-time monitoring of students and trainees, providing details statistics on attendance, performance, milestones and the ability to create training reports and set personal goals.

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