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Skills Report Missed the Real Problems, Tories Claim

Magazine article Public Finance

Skills Report Missed the Real Problems, Tories Claim

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The Treasury-commissioned skills report is not radical enough in the solutions it offers to halt the crisis facing Britain, the Conservatives are warning.

An interim report this week from the party's policy review criticised Lord Leitch's long-awaited review of skills, published last month, for failing to address bureaucracy, which the Tories maintain is stifling the further education sector. It added that Leitch also failed to suggest ways of encouraging employers and learners to invest in training.

The neglect of intermediate skills - above operative, but below professional level - was singled out. Too much time and money is devoted to boosting basic literacy and numeracy levels at one end and high-level professional training at the other, the report said.

The January 1 document sets out a six-point plan for tackling the skills crisis, including the establishment of a careers service for use by people of all ages; power for sector Skills Councils to direct and fund training and greater freedoms for FE colleges. …

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