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Improving the skills system in England

On 8 January 2010, the think tank Policy Exchange published a report (Simply learning: improving the skills system in England) which argues that implementation of the 2006 Leitch review of skills has resulted in a skills system which is substantially flawed and focused on the delivery of outputs designed to meet arbitrary government targets rather than the needs of employers and individuals.

The report seeks to demonstrate how skills provision has become dominated by quangos, advisory bodies and quality improvement organisations. Instead of taking into account the needs of employers, it is governed top-down, placing a sizeable bureaucratic burden on providers, suppressing innovation and creating significant waste.

The report recommends that:

Simply learning: improving the skills system in England (PDF)