Education is one of the most valuable investments that any government can make. It has the power to transform and enrich our lives in so many ways, with benefits for individuals, employers and our society as a whole. But in recent years Tory austerity has led to our education system being chronically under-valued and under-funded. Nowhere has this been truer than in further education, which has seen successive cuts in every year since 2010. Yet I know from my own experience that further education has a vital role to play in helping people get on in life.