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Government must respond to future labour market challenges with innovative, inclusive and ambitious education and skills policies

Angelo Evangelou

03 March 2014

Government must respond to future labour market challenges with innovative, inclusive and ambitious education and skills policiesCommenting on The Future of Work, published on Monday by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, said:

As this report shows, future change driven by technology, demographics and globalisation could become even more disruptive, speeding up the rise and fall of industries and business models and  potentially creating economic winners and losers on a bigger scale than in the past. Making sure such change creates new and better job opportunities for all workers and not just a few has to be the major challenge for government and developing innovative, inclusive and ambitious policies focused on education and skills must be at the heart of an effective response.”

 

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 Notes to editors

 

  1. Ian Brinkley, chief economist and Charles Levy, senior economist, are both available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
  2. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of society. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.
  3. The Future of Work was commissioned and published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and is available at www.ukces.org.uk/thefutureofwork
  4. The report will be launched at skills for the future - securing the UK’s long term competitiveness, a one-day conference.

 

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