Skills in a global economy: ten proposals for a UK skills policy
Local Economy, vol.21, 2006, p.241-248
This article presents ten proposals that may help the UK raise the skills of its workforce:
- The state, employers and individuals should all contribute to the costs of lifelong learning
- Public funding should be targeted on work-related skills
- The secondary school system should be restructured so as to give greater prominence to vocational education
- Sector Skills Councils should redouble their efforts to engage employers
- Small firms should be engaged through cluster initiatives
- Incentives should be used to encourage companies to view employee skills as key assets to the organisation
- Individual learning accounts should be reinstated to fund training
- Registration schemes should be introduced for skilled tradesmen such as plumbers
- Every young person should be entitled to free tuition to attain skills up to at least Level 3.
- Better labour market information and career guidance are required.
Students caught in the crossfire
Community Care, Sept.21st-27th 2006, p.34-35
Government education policy currently favours courses leading to a level 2 qualification equivalent to GCSE. Further education colleges are responding to financial incentives created by this repositioning of funding by dropping courses for people with learning difficulties which do not lead to such a qualification.