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Skills for Growth


Skills for Growth coverSkills for Growth is a national strategy for economic growth and individual prosperity. It takes some important decisions and marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of our skills system.

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Skills for Growth is a national strategy for economic growth and individual prosperity. It takes some important decisions and marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of our skills system.

Skills are a key part of our plan for economic recovery, and an urgent challenge. This country’s future can only be built by people who have the skills demanded by modern work in a globalised economy. Skilled people are more productive and more innovative. Skills give individuals wider options; they climb higher, earn more and get more out of work. And skilled people are the foundation of successful businesses. How will we rise to this challenge?

On Wednesday 11 November we published Skills for Growth: a national strategy for economic growth and individual prosperity. It takes some important decisions and marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of our skills system.

Commitments include:

  • Creating a modern technician class through more advanced apprenticeships
  • Investing in skills in the sectors on which future growth and jobs depend
  • Empowering individuals through skills accounts giving people ‘consumer choice’ and better information about courses
  • The introduction of light touch monitoring arrangements for our best providers
  • Simplifying the skills landscape, working with UKCES to implement their recommendation to reduce the number of separately publicly funded agencies by over 30 in the next three years

To complement this Skills for Growth strategy, we also published Higher Ambitions, a new framework for higher education which sets out a course for how universities can remain world class, providing the nation with the high level skills needed to remain competitive, while continuing to attract the brightest students and researchers.

In addition, we are working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure we have a joined up system which supports people right through from education to employment. On 15 December we jointly published with DfE (then the DCSF) and DWP Investing in Potential, our strategy to increase the proportion of 16-24 year olds in education, employment or training; and Building Britain’s Recovery: Achieving Full Employment, which restates the Government’s response to the recession and signals the start of the programme to return to full employment.

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