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  • Employer commitment to skills training strengthens

    The report ‘Education and learning for the modern world’ surveys 208 businesses and trade associations. It reveals that 45% of respondents value all qualifications equally, with 29% looking for a mix of academic and technical education post-16. This includes academic (A levels), career-focused (such as BTEC) and occupational (apprenticeships and T Levels).

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  • Independent Commission highlights urgent need to focus on skills and lifelong learning in a changing economy

    Further reform needed to boost UK competitiveness and ensure young people and adults are set up to succeed in the future world of work

    • Further reform to the UK skills system could unlock an annual £22 billion competitiveness dividend
    • The economic case for action on skills is clear: Brexit uncertainty, technological disruption, and a slump in productivity worse than any other G7 nation are hampering the UK’s competitiveness and putting the career prospects of young people and adult workers at risk
    • Immediate focus should be on ensuring the right provision and flexible pathways are available, creating opportunities which enable lifelong learning, and supporting these efforts through refined investment in education.
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  • Strengthening UK Skills Base could deliver £108 billion boost for the economy

    Commission on Sustainable Learning led by Former Select Committee Chair Neil Carmichael produces first report

    A radical new approach to education and training, which more adequately prepares people for the world of work and responds to the changing needs of our economy, could deliver a £108 billion boost for the UK, according to a new report released yesterday at the Conservative Party Conference.

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