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In demand adult skills in the 21st century: a report by the performance and innovation unit

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Final report v2 In Demand Adult skills in the 21st century A report by the Performance and Innovation Unit Workforce development report outline Contents Foreword by the Prime Minister 1. Executive summary 2. Introduction 3. The importance of WfD and why we need action 4. What is preventing the UK raising its game on skills? 5. WfD in 2010 6. Raising demand 7. Meeting demand with high quality WfD provision 8. Developing a Government framework to support WfD 9. WfD: Taking it forward Annexes ANNEX 1: The Role of the Performance And Innovation Unit ANNEX 2: The Project Team, Sponsor Minister Advisory Group and Academic Panel ANNEX 3: Definitions ANNEX 4: Methodology ANNEX 5: Organisations and People Consulted ANNEX 6: Glossary ANNEX 7: Bibliography ANNEX 8: Performance targets ANNEX 9: International Comparisons Devolved Administrations ANNEX 10: Devolved Administrations ANNEX 11: Workforce Development Initiatives ANNEX 12: Further reading Annexes 8-12 are available on the PIU website 1 Foreword by the Prime Minister British industries employ some of the most highly skilled people in the world. But today, as in the past, too many employees in too many industries are missing out on opportunities to make the most of their talents. Above all, 7 million adults lack basic skills. Another 6 million lack the intermediate skills that are vital for advancing their careers. In the long run schools must play the central role in preparing people better for work and careers. But better strategies for workforce development can complement the work of the educational system. Britain has a poor track record in this area. Policy in the past has led to too many small initiatives; a lack of clarity about objectives which confuses employers and employees alike; and too much institutional tinkering. What we now need instead is a much more coherent approach – helping firms to adapt to increasingly competitive markets and helping individuals to update exis

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