ambition 2020

Experts Call for Reform of UK’s Skills System to Boost Economy

Experts this week warned that the UK’s economy – currently the sixth largest in the world – is set to slide down the international rankings unless its skills and employment systems are fundamentally reformed and improved. The report, Ambition 2020, published this week by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, says that an extra 20 million people need to improve their skills if the UK is to achieve its ambition of being in the top eight countries in the world for skills, jobs and productivity by 2020. It also calls for an increase in the number of apprenticeships available for young people and adults; for prospective students to be given more and better information about the range of courses and qualifications on offer; and for more encouragement for businesses to create highly-skille... »

Skill Up or Rank Down

Recent research by the Government’s watchdog for Education and Skills has revealed that if we do not take strong and immediate action, by 2020 we are likely to rank 23rd on low-level skills, 21st on intermediate skills and 10th on high level skills. In reaction to these worrying predictions the UKCES have announced Ambition 2020. This is an agenda for effective action over the next five years in regards to Employment and Employment Skills. Significantly, Ambition 2020 is based around the notion that the UK’s strategy must focus not only on how to survive the recession, but on how to achieve world-class standing in employment, productivity and skills in the years ahead. It will require a serious and sustained effort and bring together the resources and expertise of the public, p... »

Ambition 2020 – World Class Skills & Jobs for the UK

Ambition 2020 is a major report that has been a year in the making, published today by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Ambition 2020 is an agenda for effective action over the next five years in regards to Employment and Employment Skills. It is based around the notion that our strategy must focus not only on how survive the recession but on how to achieve world-class standing in employment, productivity and skills in the years ahead. It will require a serious and sustained effort and bring together the resources and expertise of the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will require joint investment and development by organisations responsible for economic industrial strategy, for jobs and employment services, for education and skills provision. We believe that this action... »