Skills at the Heart of Industrial Strategy

23 January 2017

Learning and Work Institute has today welcomed the fact that skills are at the heart of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said:

“Britain needs a world class skills base if it is to thrive in a new global economy. We welcome many of the UK Government’s plans – including the commitment to increasing apprenticeships by 3 million, reforming technical education and a focus on lifelong learning.

“To deliver these ambitions, however, we need to focus on our current workforce as well as schools. We are concerned the measures in the announcement risk willing the ends but not the means.

“We have set out clear recommendations for Theresa May’s Government on how we can create a world-leading workforce.

“It is essential to invest – these reforms need to be fully-funded to achieve a thriving economy with world class skills.”

Learning and Work Institute is calling on the Government to deliver:

  • A fuller commitment to quality and accessible apprenticeships – £750m is spent on widening participation to higher education – we need a clear commitment to widening access to and quality of apprenticeships
  • A focus on how reforms to technical education can work for adults as well as young people – L&W are already assisting the Government.
  • A more flexible approach to training and learning – not only focused on apprenticeships.
  • Personal Learning Accounts to unlock investment from individuals and employers
  • A doubling of investment in literacy and numeracy for adults – in addition to testing new ways of delivering support