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Employability and Skills in the UK: Redefining the debate

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
12:00 - 14:00
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP

Any analysis of the future shape of the UK identifies skills- both hard (qualifications) and soft (team working, communications)- as a fundamental component of success. Whilst we know that skills will be vital to economic recovery, and we can start to predict which sectors will be sources of growth, we can also predict with some confidence that the skills system is not fit for purpose.

Although there are more qualified people leaving higher and further education, there is rising concern that many people are overqualified for the kinds of work they find themselves doing. In addition, many employers are frustrated that individuals, including university leavers, do not have the skills that employers are looking for. Just as challenging is the reported under-utilisation of skills and experience for those in jobs. And in some parts of the UK these problems intensify due to the uneven distribution of supply and demand for skills.


  • John Hillier, Trustee, Trustee, LCCI Commercial Education Trust (chair) Trustee, LCCI Commercial Education Trust (chair) Trustee, LCCI Commercial Education Trust (chair)
  • Ian Brinkley, Programme Director - Knowledge Economy, The Work Foundation
  • Dr. David Guile, Reader at the Institute for Education, University of London, and a Project Leader in the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) 
  • John Hayes MP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills (invited)

The Work Foundation working with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Commercial and Education Trust invites you to the launch of a provocation paper that aims to review and progress the debate about skills and employability.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the barriers to the education and business sectors working more effectively together and how can they be overcome?
  • What are the current proposals from the Coalition government?
  • How can education and skills policy adapt to the demands of reducing the public sector deficit at the same time as responding to a rapidly changing economy?
  • How can debates about employability and skills be reconceptualised in order to develop a skills and employment system that is fit for purpose for a more knowledge intensive economy and an era of low public spending?

This event is free to attend.

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