Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK welcomed the fact that young people were at the heart of the Government’s plans for the recovery.

He said: ” While this is rightly a numbers game, to try to help as many young people as possible, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we need quality as well as quantity. 

The quality of opportunities on offer through new traineeships, work placements and apprenticeships will be key to developing much-needed employability skills and motivating more young people to pursue rewarding careers in sectors which are vital to the economic recovery. We have to keep an eye on both the short term fixes and long-term goals to help the next generation succeed in work and life.

That’s why we are working with our world-class experts on new digital careers and skills resources to support some 200,000 young people develop the skills set and mindset they need to reach their potential and secure sustainable employment.”

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