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Skills for all : research report from the National Skills Task Force

Department for Education and Employment
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  • Economics
  • Education


Skills for all: Research Report from the National Skills Task Force Skills Task Force Research Paper 3 FOREWORD This research paper provides what I, as Chairman of the Skills Task Force, believe to be the most comprehensive analysis ever of our country’s skill needs and how well we are meeting them. It contains the evidence base for the Task Force’s final report Skills for All: proposals for a National Skills Agenda. Our ambitious programme of research and information gathering entailed interviews with over 23,000 employers, consultations and case studies relating to key sectors of the economy, projections of future employment, analyses of rates of return on skills, international comparisons with our key competitors, and comprehensive literature surveys. The methodology we have employed offers a basis for the skills assessments that the new National Learning and Skills Council will undertake in future. The value of this body of evidence goes beyond its use to us in defining the national skills agenda. Findings published here and in our series of research papers will be a resource for those planning our education and training provision, and those advising individuals and employers on training and development. I am pleased that the Government is already using this material in implementing our recommendations to create better informed demand for learning, in drawing up guidance to agencies such as RDAs about skills priorities, and in the industry skills dialogues with National Training Organisations. But this report must only be the first milestone in our quest to use intelligence to end skills shortages and skills gaps. I have no doubt that the new LSC will build on our work to improve continuously on this template for a national skills assessment and to spread more widely that knowledge and understanding of the link between learning and jobs. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Chairman and the members of the Skills Task Force would like to record their thanks to all those who cont

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