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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2006): Education - UK - training

Investing in basic skills could add more jobs

J. Boone
Financial Times, December 8th 2005, p.6

The Interim conclusions of a skill needs study estimate that £1.5 billion spent equipping 3.5 million people with five GCSEs could create 400, 000 jobs. Boosting skill levels is critical to UK competitiveness with the rest of the OECD, India and China. The study finds that half of all adults lack the basic numeracy expected of eleven year olds, school improvement alone will not solve the problems, and government’s basic skills drive is an expensive failure.

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