Commission for Employment and Skills wants your radical ideas

A government agency is looking for radical ideas to improve the UK skills system.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (CES) has launched a three-week consultation to ask employers and interested parties how the current employment and skills system could do better.

The CES, set up in April this year as a key recommendation of the Leitch Review, warned the UK must up its skills base to compete on a global level with emerging economies such as India and China.

The Commission is looking for ideas and views from businesses to be able to advise the government on how to improve the nation’s skills system, currently plagued by complicity, according to some employers.

Specific questions covered in the consultation include:

  • What should the commission’s goals be for the next five years?

  • What strategies will enable us to achieve these goals?

  • What changes does the current system need (including changes to education and training providers, employment services, or qualifications)?

Chief executive Chris Humphries said: “We may have to implement some creative and radical changes, and that’s why I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the skills and employment system to feed into this consultation process. It’s vital that we get this right.”

The initial closing date for responses is 15 August 2008. Submissions should be no longer than four sides of A4 and should be e-mailed to

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