Stepping up to win the skills race

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26 January 2015 / Be the first to comment

Undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges we face is winning the global skills race. So it’s not a surprise to see the flurry of ideas and calls to all the political parties around this policy area.

To contribute to the debate, the City & Guilds Group conducted a review into policymaking in this area: ‘Sense and Instability: three decades of skills employment policy’. Recently the UK Commission for Employment and Skills followed suit, with its ‘Growth Through People’ paper which reflects extensive research and consultation with employers and educators.

Both reports clearly highlight the critical role of employers in education, and how important it is that their voices are heard. UKCES believes that employers, with the right Government support, are responsible for raising the standards of skills.

In fact, I can’t think of a single manifesto or report that doesn’t say something similar. So what does all this mean for employers? Your time is now. If you want to ensure your organisation has the skills it needs to flourish, this is the time to do it.

Read the full article from Chris Jones, which originally appeared on HR Director

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