Welcoming the commitment to revolutionise further and adult education in England in today’s Queen’s Speech, Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said:

“In creating a skills system which is fit for the future, we now need to ensure that the ambitions to drive up the quality of post-16 education and training to meet employer needs are made a reality.

“Our work on international skills benchmarking shows the UK needs to catch up on other major global economies in valuing high quality skills to help drive economic competitiveness and productivity.

“We will continue to work with our partners across the UK and internationally to raise standards for young people and employers to not only help attract more inward investment to boost job creation and economic recovery but also support the Government’s levelling up agenda, ensuring equal opportunities for all throughout their lifetime.”

We will be discussing our latest insights at our International Skills Summit which takes place on 19 May. Join us to share your thoughts and help us deliver the national skills upgrade needed to build back better after the pandemic.

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