UK Commission for Employment & Skills

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a publicly funded, industry-led organisation that offers guidance on skills and employment issues in the UK. Their responsibilities include giving businesses and people advice on the labour market so they can make informed decisions, carrying out employment and skills policies to develop a workforce that can compete internationally and helping more employers invest in their employees’ skills.


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Work experience “lottery” fuelling youth unemployment

Young people are almost twice as likely to find work experience in some parts of the country than others, according...

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Skills shortages blight one in five vacancies, finds survey

30 Jan 2014

Employers struggle to fill around one in five jobs because of skills shortages – and these vacancies are growing twice...

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Employers need incentives to create apprenticeships, says UKCES

15 Mar 2013

Employers must be given incentives to encourage high-quality apprenticeships, according to a report by the UK Commission for Employment and...

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Government invites employers to bid for training funds

20 Nov 2012

Employers will be able to bid for a share of £150 million in training funding to deliver the specific skills...

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Bigger not necessarily better for L&D spending

16 Nov 2012

EXCLUSIVEThe amount of money that organisations invest in training does not necessarily equate to the quality of training they receive, according...

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David Fairhurst of McDonald’s appointed to UK Commission for Employment and Skills

21 Jul 2011

David Fairhurst, chief people officer of McDonald’s Europe and a former Personnel Today HR Director of the Year, has been...

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Government quango cuts: who survived?

14 Oct 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has survived the Government’s quango cuts but many others have been axed or are still under...

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Employers happy with younger workers but skills gap persists

10 Aug 2010

Most employers are happy with the calibre of young people they recruit, although one in five say their existing workforce...

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Skills of UK workforce need ‘radical’ reform, UKCES warns

28 Jul 2010

The UK must radically reform the skills of its workforce or risk the economy losing its world-class ranking, experts have...

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Sector skills councils still face closure despite majority passing relicensing review

29 Mar 2010

The government’s entire network of sector skills councils (SSCs) still face the prospect of being closed down despite all but...

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Skills shortages still a worry for UK employers despite millions of unemployed

17 Mar 2010

Skills shortages remain a worrying issue for many UK companies despite millions of people being unemployed, research revealed today.Almost one-third...

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Skills shortage vacancies almost halved since 2007

10 Mar 2010

The number of skills shortage vacancies has fallen dramatically in the past two years, new research shows.
The UK Commission...

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Skills for Logistics relicensed as sector skills council

5 Mar 2010

Skills for Logistics has been relicensed as a sector skills council, the government has announced.
Sector skills councils are employer-led...

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Literacy and numeracy online tool ‘a key step forward’, says skills chief

28 Jan 2010

The head of the skills commission has hailed a free workplace online tool that assesses the skills and abilities of health...

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CBI and BCC back call for employers to help tackle youth unemployment

8 Jan 2010

Business heavyweights from the CBI and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have joined the CIPD and TUC in urging employers...

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