A new industrial society?

We have been told for some years now that skills will be vital as the UK develops a knowledge based economy. The financial crisis has reinforced that thinking and now the talk is of a new industrial society, rather than a post industrial one.

The Government published a skills agenda last year, with such targets as: more advanced apprenticeships; investing in skills in the sectors on which future growth and jobs depend; empowering individuals through skills accounts; and a simplification of the skills landscape.

But where will skills be on the list of priorities once the inevitable cutbacks in Government spending - before or after the election - kick in?

Graham Pitcher

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