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Over 140 policy-makers, educators and parliamentarians gathered at an event in Parliament today to launch the Skills Commission’s new ‘Guide to the Skills System’, supported by OCR, which aims to place skills policy at the top of the parliamentary agenda.
The guide demystifies the skills system by providing the first digestible and accessible overview of skills and further education (FE) policy to MPs. The aim is to place FE and skills centre stage in this new Parliament, allowing MPs to make the best possible policy decisions in this key area.
The Guide has been created by the Skills Commission, an independent group of leading experts and opinion formers from the education and skills sector, with ten years in researching skills and FE to help form crucial policies. The Commission warns that unless policymakers are able to view the skills system holistically, we will not be able to build the system our industries and enterprises need, and that the public deserves.
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR’s Director of Skills and Employment and a recently appointed Skills Commissioner, said: "Over 50% of 16-18 year-olds in education and training take vocational and technical training programmes. If we are to give the majority of our young people the best chance to succeed in life and play their part in growing our economy, then there needs to be greater clarity around the whole of the FE system and the qualifications, skills, support and guidance it can provide. Young people need stability and security but policy churn and lack of investment is having a detrimental impact on them. This guide is a step in the right direction to help policy makers provide some of that stability."
Aimed at parliamentarians and their researchers, as well as the wider policy-making community, the Guide contains six key messages for reform in this Parliament to provide better understanding for better policy making:
Attendees at the event, hosted in the House of Lords by Baroness Sharp, included Co-chairs of the Parliamentary Skills Commission, Mr Barry Sheerman MP and Dame Ruth Silver, as well as over 30 parliamentarians. You can download the Guide to the Skills System from the Skills Commission website.