Skills for Prosperity conference, 6 March, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London: conference quotes

  • “I expect education, skills and training will replace even health as the government’s primary focus in the next budget. For this government, you may well say ‘about time’.”
    Andrew Neill, broadcaster

  • “There is an alternative for employers – half a million highly skilled Poles knocking on the door.”
    David Frost, director-general, British Chambers of Commerce

  • “Evidence suggests that the earlier someone leaves school, the more likely they are to turn to drugs and prostitution.”
    Alan Johnson, education and skills secretary

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