PRODUCTIVITY AND SKILLS


Investments in education, skills development, and training bring important benefits to individuals, businesses and society by driving higher employment, higher wages and improvements in productivity. As a consequence, skills have remained an important priority over time and there has been a continuing focus on ensuring that education programmes and training practices adapt to labour market changes, supporting high quality learning which will maximise the benefits for those involved. The Work Foundation has been working for some time to understand developments in the labour market, to track changes in skills requirements in different sectors and areas of work, and to shape developments in skills programmes in response so that they remain relevant. A one size for all will not work.