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UK — Experts call for reform of UK's skills system to boost economy

29 July 2010

A new report entitled 'Ambition 2020', published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, says that 10 million people need to improve their skills if the UK is to achieve its ambition of being in the top eight countries in the world for skills, jobs and productivity by 2020, but predicts that the UK is likely to achieve just half that number.

It also calls for an increase in the number of apprenticeships available for young people and adults, for prospective students to be given more and better information about the range of courses and qualifications on offer and for more encouragement for businesses to create highly-skilled jobs.


Chris Humphries CBE, Chief Executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, said "at the moment, our economy is still world-class, quite an achievement for such a small island. But we’re living on past glories. Economic success rests on three legs, skills, jobs and productivity, and we are well below average on the first of these. Unless swift and decisive action is taken, we can expect the UK’s economy to begin to slide down the international rankings."

"The Commission hopes and believes that the UK can continue to be a world class nation, with some of the best skilled workers and the best businesses. But at the moment, just like the England World Cup team, whilst aspiring to still be in the quarter finals in 2020, our current performance just enables us to scrape in at the bottom of the last 16."

To read the full 'Ambition 2020' report please click here

 

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