A paper by the CII and CentreForum exploring how the UK can
remain competitive by creating a skills system that promotes choice
and flexibility and is more responsive to employer demand.
The CII and thinktank CentreForum have produced a report looking
at how policymakers can build a skills system that promotes choice
and flexibility for individuals and is more responsive to employer
demand. As well as proposing a revamped version of the professional
and career development loan to widen access to lifelong learning
and training, it calls for new HE legislation that would better
protect the student interest, and an intensive focus across schools
and colleges on boosting literacy and numeracy; building pupils'
character and entrepreneurial qualities; and raising the standard
of teaching and careers guidance.
Other recommendations include making better use of professional
bodies to support workplace training, and a call for greater
clarity around the funding and expected outcomes of
apprenticeships. The report's authors come from a number of fields
and include representatives from academia and business, a
professional body and a trade association.
Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP: "Investing in skills
is not only vital to creating a stronger economy, but crucial to
making our society fairer through greater social mobility. This is
a welcome initiative from CentreForum and the Chartered Insurance
Institute bringing together some thoughtful ideas on the future
direction of skills policy."
the full report »
CII Skills Survey 2014