Look beyond winning votes to help unemployed, CEO warns

CEO Chris Jones calls for Government to think long-term about skills planning on the back of ONS unemployment stats

21 January 2015 / Be the first to comment

The ONS UK Labour Market statistics for January 2015 show a promising increase in employment.

However, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, warns that more needs to be done to avert a skills crisis in the country.

He said: ‘Any fall in unemployment is good news, and no doubt these figures will give David Cameron a confidence boost, following his ‘full employment’ pledge earlier this week.

'However, too many young people still can’t get on the job ladder, and more experienced workers are struggling to take that next step in their careers. It will take a lot more than bold political promises to fix that.

‘What we need to see is long-term planning that links skills to economic forecasts and labour market information, greater coherence between central and local government and more stability in the skills and employment system.

‘Despite the countdown to the General Election, we need all parties to look beyond winning votes and think about the bigger picture.’

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