Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adults Head for Top of the Class in Basic Skills

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adults Head for Top of the Class in Basic Skills

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The North-East has seen the highest rise in the number of adults getting the basic skills for employment, new figures have shown.

Figures from the Learning and Skills Council show that the number of adults in the region with a Level Two qualification ( the equivalent of five good GCSEs ( has risen from 66.1% in 1999 to 74.5% in 2005.

The 8.4% increase is the largest in the country and sees the North-East going from being the third worst qualified region in 1999 to now being the second best.

Education chiefs in the region said that the increase in skills levels would help the North attract more jobs and improve companies' profitability.

Business leaders also welcomed the news, saying that it would be a boost to the North-East economy.

Chris Roberts, regional director of the Learning and Skills Council North-East, said: "This is fantastic news for two reasons.

"It's great for the individuals concerned because it gives them a huge advantage in the labour market. …

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