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.