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Developing workforce skills: piloting a new approach

Great Britain. Treasury
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Developing Workforce Skills: Piloting a New Approach April 2002 Developing Workforce Skills: Piloting a New Approach April 2002 Further copies of this document are available from: The Public Enquiry Unit HM Treasury Parliament Street London SW1P 3AG Tel: 020 7270 4558 This document can be accessed from the Treasury’s internet site: Published April 2002 Developing Workforce Skills: Piloting a New Approach Five years ago the Government set its central economic objective of high and stable growth and employment. In the last Parliament we reformed the macroeconomic framework and tackled years of economic instability. Labour market policies have been reformed to open employment opportunities to all, and over a million more people have entered work since 1997. We also began a programme of structural economic reforms aimed at increasing productivity and prosperity for all in the UK. Building on the successes of policies in the last Parliament, which focused on economic stability and work, we are now also focusing on improving productivity and enterprise. Improving the skills of our workforce is essential to productivity growth. The supply of skilled workers to UK firms is crucial to their international success and long-term prospects. For individuals, skills are a route to more stable employment, better wages, and long-term prosperity, as well as to personal development. Britain has for too long neglected the training and development of its workforce, particularly for those who have lower levels of skills. The Government is committed to making training opportunities available for all, and to ensuring that the UK has the world-class workforce it needs for the future. This document sets out more details of pilot schemes, announced in the 2001 Pre-Budget Report which will test a new policy approach to support the training of low-skilled workers in the UK, based on shared responsibilities between government, employers and individuals. Rt Ho

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