Skills shortfall limits British progress

government skills and innovation policies will not succeed in making Britain a
high-performance economy capable of holding its own in the future world of

is the conclusion of the Future of Work Programme undertaken by the Economic
and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Taylor, ESRC spokesman said: “The gap between [the Government and industry’s]
perceptions, and the reality we face so often across many workplaces remains
very wide”.

key findings of the report include:

Government efforts to improve the quality and supply of labour are being
hindered by the ‘bewildering’ range of public bodies seeking to offer training

Few UK firms give top priority to the need to create highly skilled or highly
qualified workforce because their basic business activities do not require them
to do so.

By Mike Millar

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