Wednesday 8 March 2017 7:49 pm

The Department for Education is going to pilot new lifelong learning schemes

Ministers will spend £40m on plans to “test the effectiveness of different approaches to lifelong learning”.

The effort comes as part of a focus on later life training, and chancellor Philip Hammond said the plan would “help the next generation learn and train throughout their lives.”

Confederation of British Industry director general Carolyn Fairbarn said: “With the majority of people who will be working in 2030 already in the workforce now, the focus on adult skills provision will put this type of training on the right path to major and necessary improvement.”

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The announcement came alongside expected funding for up to 1,000 PHDs with a technical focus.

The government will back high level research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the so-called STEM subjects.