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UK — IES reveals key policy whitepaper for employment and skills

20 April 2010

Ahead of the May election, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has unveiled the priorities that need to be tackled by the next government to raise employment and skill levels across the UK.

The IES whitepaper identifies half a dozen policy issues that will be first across the desks of Ministers, with briefs relating to education, skills, health, welfare and work. Regardless of which party wins next month's election, the whitepaper also includes some of the solutions they will need to consider to help tackle these key issues. The six critical priorities are:

  • Preventing long-term unemployment by incentivising job-seeking.
  • Reducing youth unemployment with effective vocational training and personal support.
  • Providing effective support and paying for higher education.
  • Tackling demographic ageing and the growing dependency ratio.
  • Improving health at work.
  • Supporting development of skills for the future.

Nigel Meager, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies, comments "following this year's general election, whichever party takes office will be faced with a range of pressing policy issues on all fronts. However, high unemployment, the changing demands for skills, the need to increase productivity and to reduce expenditure on welfare mean that policies relating to employment and skills will be among the most important. As the UK emerges from a recession, tackling these policy issues will be an urgent priority."

"With over 40 years' experience of policy evaluation and labour market research in the UK and abroad, we have gathered a wide range of evidence on what are the most important issues that need to be tackled to raise employment and skills levels in the UK."

To read the full whitepaper please click here



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