Theresa May to unveil boost to vocational education system

Theresa May will move on Monday to reassure business leaders that they will not suffer skills shortages as a result of Brexit, when she places expansion of vocational education at the heart of a new proactive industrial strategy. Many businesses worry that the UK’s departure from the single market will not only damage their trade with Europe but will also make it more difficult to attract enough suitable workers. Before Christmas, the Institute of Directors called on May to address the issue of skills shortages before Brexit and, as a…

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Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May

Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”. The PM promised to push for the “freest possible trade” with European countries and warned the EU that to try to “punish” the UK would be “an act of calamitous self-harm”. She also said Parliament would vote on the final deal that is agreed. Labour warned of “enormous dangers” in the prime minister’s plans. And the European Parliament’s lead negotiator said there could be…

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Mental health care overhaul pledged by Theresa May

Plans to tackle the “hidden injustice” and stigma of mental illness have been revealed by Theresa May. Extra training for teachers, an extra £15m for community care, and online self-checks were among measures announced by the PM on Monday. Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services. Mrs May’s speech comes as she outlined her plans to use the state to create a “shared society”. She promised to “transform” attitudes to mental health problems as part of an event at the Charity Commission. Young women ‘highest mental…

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