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Connecting the Dots – The Need for an Effective Skills System in England

  • 23 November 2023
  • By Professor David Phoenix
  • HEPI number 167

The lack of a strategic framework for post-16 education provision, combined with a confusing regulatory regime, is resulting in an incoherent and difficult to navigate offer for learners of all ages, as well as employers.

In this HEPI report, Professor David Phoenix emphasises that to meet England’s ever more pressing skills needs and realise the country’s potential, we need to support the development of a range of appropriately funded specialist educational institutions. He argues this will require a joined up post-16 education system with roles for sixth forms, colleges and universities clearly defined in a national framework, to encourage the creation of clear local learning pathways that support both employer and learner skills needs and help to tackle inequality and stagnant productivity.

1 comment

  1. Stewart Segal says:

    It does not matter how you connect the dots if you dont have the right dots on the page!! It is difficult to see how you can create a unified skills environment if your analysis does not include all of the providers of skills training such as independent training providers who provide most of the apprenticeship training and much of the high level technical training. If you want to create a report that covers the whole of the sector then please get in touch.

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