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New plans and guidance released by the Government

(i) The PM today set out plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from coronavirus. The plans include a Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers and new entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain.

A press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office is available at:

The PM's speech can be read at:

This included an expansion of the Department for Education’s online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit. There are now more than 70 courses in digital, numeracy and employability or work-readiness available online and free of charge.

We are encouraging more learners to sign up to The Skills Toolkit, in order to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. 

We’d be very grateful for your support in communicating about the platform and have provided an updated version of our stakeholder toolkit to help with this - including draft tweets. You can find it here

Please consider supporting the following tweet from HMG North:

Please remember to use #TheSkillsToolkit as a hashtag and the following tracked link:


(ii) The legal duty to self-isolate came into force yesterday (Monday 28 September) to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care's Press Notice can be seen at:

A communications toolkit on self-isolation can be found here.

(iii) The Department of Health and Social Care announced on 28 September that measures will be brought into law in several areas of the North East from Wednesday 30 September restricting inter-household mixing in indoor settings. Further information is available at:

(iv) Restrictions on household mixing for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds were brought in from Saturday 26 September to help curb COVID-19 infection rates. In addition, London has been added as an area of concern and Teesside as an area of enhanced support. Further information is available at:

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