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An overview of the post-16 education manifesto commitments from the Green Party.

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Apprenticeships

  • Place a duty on government to provide an apprenticeship to all young people aged up to 25 that want one
  • Increase apprenticeship funding by 30%

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(119 votes. Average rating: 6.88 out of 10)
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Localism and devolution

  • Support calls for a Constitutional Convention, allowing parts of England to come together and exercise greater powers, and consideration of further devolution to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales subject to referendums
  • Favour greater devolution to, and tax-raising powers for, local authorities
  • Allow local authorities to run local services as they wish, employing social enterprise and voluntary sector organisations to assist with delivery
  • Create an Assembly for Cornwall, with similar powers to the Welsh Assembly

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(107 votes. Average rating: 6.82 out of 10)
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Further education, skills and adult learning

  • Return further education colleges to the democratic control of local government, and encourage local authorities to restore adult learning programmes
  • Increase further education funding by £1.5bn per annum, and allow further education colleges to reclaim VAT on goods and services in line with schools
  • Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16 and 17 year olds

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(243 votes. Average rating: 7.80 out of 10)
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Higher education

  • Scrap university tuition fees and cancel student debt
  • Consider scrapping fees for academic postgraduate courses
  • Ensure no restrictions on foreign students and allow students to work in the UK for two years after graduation
  • Reintroduce block grant funding

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(110 votes. Average rating: 7.62 out of 10)
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Immigration

  • Ensure no restrictions on foreign students and allow students to work in the UK for two years after graduation
  • Widen the Youth Mobility Scheme to allow those from poorer countries to participate
  • Provide free English classes for immigrants

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(197 votes. Average rating: 7.43 out of 10)
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Professional issues

  • Increase the minimum wage to £10 by 2020
  • End exploitative zero hours contracts
  • Introduce a statutory right to join a union, recognised by employers
  • Introduce a maximum pay ratio of 10:1 between the best paid and worst paid in every organisation

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(174 votes. Average rating: 8.11 out of 10)
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Public funding

  • Scrap university tuition fees and cancel student debt
  • Reintroduce block grant funding
  • Reintroduce student grants to support living costs, costing £2.2billion over the next Parliament
  • Consider scrapping fees for academic postgraduate courses

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(207 votes. Average rating: 7.50 out of 10)
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Research & development

  • Increase public spending on scientific research from 0.5% to 1.0% over ten years
  • Adequate government funding for research into major environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and bio-diversity loss
  • Ensure research is not controlled by large corporations

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(184 votes. Average rating: 7.59 out of 10)
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