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    Skills Commission steering group for Future of the Skills System inquiry
    Members of the Skills Commission

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    Looking for the FE and Skills blueprint...

    The Skills Commission, Policy Connect and Learning and Work Institute have announced a new inquiry.

    How can we build a skills system that responds to local needs and future economic and social priorities?

    This inquiry is being co-chaired by the Rt. Hon Sir John Hayes CBE MP and Barry Sheerman MP and will take evidence in Spalding, Middlesbrough and Bristol: rather than just focusing on the big cities in England, we are looking forward to exploring how different factors influence the local and regional skills systems to develop a blueprint fit for the future.

    The call for evidence is now live.

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    Zero plastic ‘waste’ export goal is needed to boost UK investment and jobs, cut emissions, protect marine life

    MPs call for bold national Plastic Packaging Plan to help consumers protect our oceans and create green UK jobs.

    The new report – Plastics Packaging Plan: Achieving  Zero ‘Waste’ Exports – is backed by 12 cross-party politicians and says the UK must urgently take back control of its share of the global plastics problem, highlighted in Sir David Attenborough’s hard-hitting Blue Planet TV series. It calls for new UK policies so UK plastic becomes a circular industrial resource, rather than exportable waste or environmental pollution.

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    Disadvantaged are missing out on potential of degree apprenticeships

    The Higher Education Commission revealed findings that show that disadvantaged people are at risk of missing out the most on degree apprenticeships.

    The policy idea of degree apprenticeships has great opportunity to be developed, but scarcity of provision and matching employment opportunities are leaving disadvantaged people in the cold.

    Stats show that a degree apprentice in Norfolk would have to travel 12 times further than one in Hammersmith & Fulham.

    Featured in The Times

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    Simon Stevens and NHS Executive give exclusive first insight to the NHS Long Term Plan

    At the meeting chaired by Baroness Cumberlege and Karin Smyth MP, we heard from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England on the Long Term Plan and pressures and opportunities for the NHS.

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    Head of Industry, Technology & Innovation gives evidence to the Science & Technology Select Committee

    On 4th December, Robert McLaren, Head of Industry, Technology & Innovation, gave evidence to the Science & Technology Select Committee.

    The Select Committee invited Robert following the team's extensive work on digital and data, including through the APPG for Assistive Technology and the APPG on Data Analytics. 

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    Head of Education & Skills gives evidence to Intergenerational Fairness Select Committee

    Appearing before the Lord’s Intergenerational Committee, Policy Connect’s Head of Education and Skills – Simon Kelleher – calls for a joint minister to lead a cultural shift in our approach to education and training

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