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 Skills for the Future: Securing the UK’s long term competitiveness

Skills for the Future: Securing the UK’s long term competitiveness

Monday, 03 March 2014
09:30 - 17:00
Deloitte, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ


  • Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills and Enterprise
  • Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills
  • Mark Keese, Head of the Employment, Analysis and Policy, OECD
  • Francesca Froy, Senior Policy Analyst, LEED, OECD
  • Lizzy Crowley, Head of Youth Unemployment Programme, The Work Foundation
  • Toby Peyton-Jones, HR Director, Siemens & UKCES Commissioner 
  • Barbara Spicer, Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency
  • Ian Brinkley, Chief Economist, The Work Foundation 

The event:

New data from the OECD must be a wake up call for the UK skills system. Unlike any other major economy, 18-24 year olds in the UK perform less well in basic literacy, numeracy and problem solving tests than those over 50. Skill levels are falling despite decades of increasing investment. 

Focusing on the future of the UK labour market, this conference presented new forecasts for skills supply and demand through to 2025. The Work Foundation, together with Ingeus and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) discussed five key questions:

  • What skills does the UK economy need to focus on for the future?
  • Why have decades of increased spending on education not delivered?
  • What changes to our skills system could help to tackle youth unemployment?
  • How can we satisfy employer demand for skills?
  • Is there scope to better use training to drive growth through better apprenticeships?
  • How are these effects being felt in different parts of our economy?
  • In an age of public spending austerity what are the priorities?

Download the agenda

Download the full list of speaker biographies

Down load the UKCES report 'The Future of Work'

Follow us on twitter @workfoundation to follow the debate live #TWFskills

Speaker Presentations:

Toby Peyton-Jones, Siemens

Francesca Froy, OECD 

Matthew Hancock MP speech

Liam Byrne MP speech

Mark Keese, OECD

View the presentations on FLICKR

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