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CII skills manifesto 2015

The skills pentangle

Ahead of May's General Election, the CII has identified five policy issues that an incoming government will need to tackle if the UK is to develop and maintain the skills base required to compete on the global stage.

Underpinning this is the need to significantly improve the transition from education into work. Providing a good skills grounding to build upon (vocational and academic are equally valuable) and empowering the next generation to make informed career choices are key components. We see the five following points, what might be described as a pentangle for skills, as vital to achieving this aim.

Call to action

  • Stable policy framework - resist the temptation to continually tinker with skills policy
  • Apprenticeships - work to further promote the benefits to employers and potential apprentices
  • Professional body recognition - make better use of our expertise and experience
  • Stronger basic skills - improve literacy and numeracy of those leaving our education system
  • Improved careers guidance - provide support to develop the careers guidance process for young people

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