UK must be made a land of learning opportunities

The next government has to raise the public’s aspirations by developing
world-class educational system and workplace learning capabilities, claims the
Industrial Society’s manifesto.

It is also calling for the Government to foster a climate that nurtures
caring employers who are as concerned about the means as they are the profits.

The manifesto, Making Work Better, wants a new Companies Act and improved
information and consultation rights.

The new government also needs to encourage workplaces that include, rather
than discriminate against, issues, including age, gender, disability and ethnic
background. The manifesto calls for a Discrimination Commission.

Hutton, chief executive of the Industrial Society, said, "The central
issue of work and the quality of work has failed to register on the radar screens
during this election campaign.

"It follows that work should be considered, alongside education,
health, crime and transport, as a key area we need to improve. In this election
campaign it is the invisible issue."

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