UK Skills Shortfalls Need to be Fixed

Last week the UK Commission for Employment and Skills brought together over 40 of the world’s leading employment and skills experts for a two day conference to help tackle the serious shortcomings of the UK’s competitiveness in the world economy. Despite the economy having just emerged from recession, the UK Commission’s figures indicate the UK falls well short of the international competition in several key areas: The UK is ranked 17th on ‘low’ level skills; 18th on ‘intermediate’ level skills and 12th on ‘high’ level skills 1 in 8 adults of working age have no qualifications More than a quarter of working adults are not qualified to GCSE level or equivalent Half have no qualifications above GCSE level The report, ‘‘Ambitio... »