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New report addressing skills needs published by the Future-Ready Skills Commission

Published 8 November 2019

The Future-Ready Skills Commission published a new interim report this week, regarding the needs of businesses and local economies when it comes to skills.

The independent Commission, supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is made up of experts and leading national thinkers from business, education, local government and think tanks.

In the interim report, the Future-Ready Skills Commission argues that the current complex, highly centralised nature of skills funding, training and careers information has resulted in a national skills system that does not meet the needs of the businesses and local economies it is intended to serve.

The primary scope of the Future-Ready Skills Commission is to understand how the skills system, from post-16 education through to adult skills and career development, could be shaped to better meet the needs of local economies with greater devolution across England, while meeting future challenges and opportunities in the workplace.

Since launching in January 2019, the Commission has conducted an extensive review of the current performance of the skills system, bringing together lessons learned from areas that have already progressed approaches to skills devolution.

Based on this evidence, their interim report has identified 10 things they believe must change in order to create a devolved skills system that works for employers, individuals and training providers at a local level.

The full report can be accessed online here.


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