People in Britain are living longer and as a result, many are working longer than ever before. Despite a number of policy drives aimed at delaying retirement, questions remain on how employers will adapt their policies to suit a more age-diverse workforce and how skills provision can deliver for an ageing population. Furthermore, the potential outcome of the UK’s decision to leave the EU makes concerns over labour supply even more acute.
This report explores the challenges facing older workers in accessing, progressing in- and sustaining themselves in the labour market. It argues that we must adopt a new approach to education and training, continually developing the workforce rather than frontloading education and training at the start of one’s adult life.Read more
The Skills Commission welcomes the timely amendment to the Technical and Further Education Bill which will see collaboration between local business, schools and colleges to ensure pupils benefit from knowledge of technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. This amendment directly reflects recommendations recently issued by the Skills Commission - following two key reports from the Commission recommending better Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and for educational centres to become skills hubs with local businesses.Read more
Skills Commission issues report calling for strategic skills funding decisions for devolution
The Skills Commission is calling for devolution funding to be based on an area’s ambition and need, not just population or business size, to ensure devolved areas can fill the skills gap.
Lord David Blunkett, Barry Sheerman MP, Dame Ruth Silver and Neil Bates, Principal and CEO of the UK’s first college of advanced technology, have come together with the Skills Commission to launch its new report Going Places: innovation in further education and skills in the Houses of Parliament on 8th December.Read more
The Skills Commission is pleased to launch its first Spotlight report 'Young people with below average academic attainment and the skills sector'.
Among many areas of the young person's pathway through skills and below average academic attainment, the report highlights how there has been a significant increase in young people aged 17+ failing to reach the benchmark grades in English and maths, following policy changes mandating young people to retake GCSE maths and English, if they have not achieved a C or above at 16.Read more
The Skills Commission is an independent body comprising of leading figures from across the education sector that meets every month in Parliament to discuss important issues in skills, training and further education policy.