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CII & CentreForum - Fit for growth: investing in a stronger skills base to 2020

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."

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