Skills 2030: why the adult skills system is failing to build an economy that works for everyone

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Author: Dromey, Joe; McNeil, Clare


This report argues that England's current adult skills system cannot deliver an economy that works for everyone: low demand and investment among employers has resulted in a glut of low-quality provision with poor outcomes in terms of pay and productivity. The market-led system has neither delivered the quantity nor the quality of training needed and it has failed the people and the places that need it most. The report reviews the evidence and recommends that, in order to build a skills system fit for the future, three key weaknesses will need to be overcome: (1) demand for skills among...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Finance; Employment; Governance; Equity; Policy; Outcomes; Quality

Keywords: Skill needs; Education and training system; Training market; Financial aspects; Relevance of education and training; Outcomes of education and training; Education work relationship; Policy implications; Recommendations

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2017

Physical description: 72 p. (report) + [3] p. (summary)

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Resource type: Report

Rights: This document is published under a creative commons licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Call number: TD/TNC 127.962

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