Catch up on the Skills Debate

Find out what was discussed at the City & Guilds Group's Skills Debate in February.

01 April 2015

On 25 February 2015, the City & Guilds Group held its Skills Debate, which focused on the skills challenges that employers face, and the role that the Government plays in filling those gaps.

The event was held at the historic Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alan Yarrow.

The debate, chaired by BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil, featured:

• Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities
• Baroness Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrat Party
• Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Skills and Science
• John Cridland, CBI Director-General
• Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary

The debate generated a lot of lively discussions, so City & Guilds has put together a video to capture the key highlights:


City & Guilds also spoke to some of the attendees to get their thoughts on the debate, and the importance of skills:

1. How important are skills to the UK's economic growth and prosperity?


2. What was your most valuable take-out from the debate? 


3. What do you do to promote skills development in the UK? 

Find out more about the City & Guilds Group's Skills Debate here.



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