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, 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.

To find out more about Ambition 2020 and the UKCES visit

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