More than 11,000 people have signed a petition against adult education funding cuts.
Non-apprenticeship learning could be cut by 24 percent in 2015-16.
Jenny Sutton, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Tottenham in the general election, is a lecturer at Conel college in north London. She told Socialist Worker, “Further education gave me a second chance at education.
“I was a typesetter before I went to evening classes and trained to be a teacher. I had two pre-school children and couldn’t have done it if it hadn’t been fully funded. We need education and jobs—and an MP who will fight for that.”
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt told Socialist Worker that the cuts risk “stripping away the springboard which many thousands of people use to get back into learning”.
Kieran and Daniel are carpentry students at Conel college. Kieran told Socialist Worker, “Without the chance of further education, I don’t know what I’d be doing now.”
Daniel added, “I live on Broadwater Farm where lots of young people are unemployed. I’d be looking for work in Sainsburys if it wasn’t for further education.”