“We welcome this report from the Independent Commission on the College of the Future and the compelling picture it paints for the benefits of collaboration in skills systems for inclusive economic regeneration and the future of the country.

“As the report says, our partnership with college leaders across the UK in our Centre of Excellence highlights the pent-up demand to mainstream higher standards in technical education and apprenticeships underpinned by international benchmarking. As our economic landscape looks set to change, mainstreaming excellence should be the long-term goal for our skills systems. This will not only boost prestige and pride in our training standards, but also help encourage overseas investment across the UK’s nations and regions to create high-quality job opportunities for the next generation.

“We look forward to playing our part in helping turn the 2030 vision into reality.”

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

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