Adversaries urge companies to lift skills spending

The CBI and TUC have come together to back a 'statement of priorities' on skills published today by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The commission has identified five key areas for action to improve skills and productivity: employers should take the lead on skills policy; they should create better promotion routes for existing staff; there should be far more high-skilled apprenticeships designed by employers; employers should have better links with schools, colleges and universities; and their success should be measured by the jobs students get, not just their grades. In a joint Financial Times interview, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady, CBI director-general John Cridland and UKCES chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield say they are worried about how the economy is likely to evolve if nothing changes on the skills front.


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