Devolution needs to deliver for learners

Graeme Atherton says further devolution of funding for skills provision has to be a core goal, but effective co-ordination of the multiple organisations involved in delivery is also vital.

Whichever party prevails in the forthcoming General Election, they will be focusing intently on improving economic growth and improving the country's skills base will be key to achieving this aim.

Estimates of the cost to the economy of our present skills shortages include £98bn due to a lack of tradespeople alone, aside from the costs associated with shortages across the economy.


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