Chancellor to announce ‘skills revolution’ funding

good morning to you it is six o’clock on sunday the 24th of october our main story this morning ministers are to formalize their commitment to a skills revolution in england with a series of measures to be unveiled in the chancellor’s budget on wednesday in his autumn statement rishi sunak will announce 1.6 billion pounds to roll out new t levels for teenagers and 550 million pounds for adult skills well college leaders say the funding is welcome but it doesn’t

go far enough here’s our political correspondent nick hurdley what we want to see is a high-wage high skill economy the government says it wants to change the way the uk economy works moving to higher skilled more productive workforce which earns more money in this week’s budget the chancellor will have the task of setting out more about how we get there and key to his plans will be what the government is selling as a skills revolution rishi sunak will announce

one and a half billion pounds for tea levels in england for up to a hundred thousand young people to train for the vocational qualifications there will be half a billion for adult skills too and more than 800 million to revitalize colleges in england the government argues the plans will give people the skills they need to get on in life all students whatever they’re doing whether it’s technical education or academic education or somewhere in between deserve to have t

heir education properly funded so we hope that this news story which focuses on technical education is just one part of the announcements that’s going to come out uh over the course of the next few days and we hope that the government will also find the means to to address the needs of the vast majority of young people that study a levels or b-tech qualifications ministers also want to balance the books after huge spending during the pandemic but despite concerns over the economic picture the government is making clear there is money to spend on

its political priorities the question is will it be enough to deliver the big changes the ministers have promised and will the plans work nick early bbc news westminster the film director who was accidentally shot on a movie set by the actor alec baldwin has spoken for the first time after leaving hospital in a statement joel souza thanked well-wishers for their support and said he was gutted by the loss of his colleague the cinematographer helena hutchins

who was killed in the same incident from hollywood sophie long reports we miss you the simple words of a husband and a son whose lives have been changed forever the santa fe fire ems on the location of emergency in this audio released by the emergency services you can hear the script supervisor calling for help describing what happened just moments before we’ve had two people accidentally shot on a movie set by a gun we need help \

immediately we now know that when alec baldwin was handed the weapon he was told it was safe what’s called a cold gun yet the shot or shots it released killed cinematographer helena hutchins and seriously injured director joel souza the person responsible for the safety of all weapons used on the rust set was 24 year old hannah gutierrez reed as the daughter of a legendary hollywood armorer she’d been around guns all her life but just a month ago she spoke of her lack of experience in the job by all means i’m still learning but yeah dad has taught me everything i think loading blanks was like the scariest thing to me because i was like oh i don’t

know anything about it there have been unconfirmed reports of complaints about safety standards on the set and that a number of crew walked out hours before the shooting happened at this stage in the investigation we don’t know if hannah gutierrez reid was among those that remained helena hutchins honed her craft here one of her teachers said she had a unique perspective of the world as her friends family and industry grieve and search for answers a candlelit vigil will be held near the film set where she lost her life doing what she loved sophie long

bbc news los angeles more than two million letters will be sent to parents and guardians across england from tomorrow inviting them to book their children in for kovi jabs during the half-term holiday health officials are offering vaccinations for those aged 12 to 15 saying it will give them crucial protection ahead of winter our correspondent taruna inga has more the biggest rise in covid19 infections in england is now among 12 to 15 year olds that’s why health officials are targeting this group and urging their parents to book jabs online during half

term vaccines being offered in some schools but not all outside schools there are around 100 vaccination sites offering jabs to teenagers with more to open shortly [Music] in scotland vaccines have been widely available for 12 to 15 year olds since september health officials in england are asking families to book in so children and loved ones have crucial protection ahead of winter we’re starting to think about winter and christmas and all these things and to try and uh keep the best chance of everything being open at christmas being able to

visit your family and mixing between teenagers and their grandparents you know clearly you want the teenagers to be immunized to reduce that risk of spreading the the virus onto their elderly relatives half a million teenagers have been vaccinated so far the decision for some families is difficult younger people don’t tend to become very ill with covid but they can still pass it on that affects the wider community and crucially their own education if schools have to shut down over 6 000 people are now in hospital with covid nearly the same number as a

year ago writing a today’s sunday telegraph nhs medical director professor stephen powis is asking everyone to take up vaccination offers and booster shots he says although the country once again finds itself at a crunch point the nhs vaccination program remains the strongest weapon in the armory but he also warns because we rolled out jabs so quickly we are likely to see protection from the virus waning sooner than other countries

that’s why health officials are keen to get all age groups vaccinated ahead of what could be a challenging christmas aruna eienger bbc news from today fully vaccinated travellers returning to england can take a lateral flow test rather than a more expensive pcr test to prove their covered status the change which the government has described as a huge boost for the travel industry applies to those arriving from non-redless countries wales will make the same change to their testing policy next weekend the duchess of cornwall has said she

would love to see more young people educated about osteoporosis she was speaking to gloria hunniford for the bbc to mark world osteoporosis day and also opened up about her mother’s struggles with the condition it was terrible because we didn’t know anything about it so at some point we thought well is she making a great fuss about all this you know you know occasionally when she moved or you touched her she literally screamed and i remember when a friend of hers came in one day just to give her a hug her rib broke now 11 pieces of artwork

by picasso have sold at auction in las vegas for just under 80 million pounds the nine paintings and two ceramics had been a centerpiece at the picasso restaurant in the bellagio hotel for the last 20 years they went under the hammer for just short of 110 million dollars [Music] see the headlines as they happen and watch bbc news live in the app and get the full story with bbc dot co dot uk forward slash news follow the story for all the latest with bbc news  

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