Skills Minister John Hayes today launched Skills for Sustainable Growth, a consultation document which outlines the Government's future strategy for skills.
He has now called on employers, individuals, colleges and training organisations to have their say.
Mr Hayes said:
“Skills are vital for our economy but they also help to build stronger communities and empower individuals. Only by seeing learning as a single whole, not a series of separate compartments, can we ensure that it takes its place at heart of both business strategy and community life.
Following the consultation, a full strategy will be published after the Spending Review in October.
A consultation on a simplified funding system for Further Education colleges and training organisations has also been launched today.
It is seeking views on:
- Funding policy and budgetary arrangements for colleges and training organisations
- The funding formula
- Procurement and contracting
- Performance management.
It argues that in a period of making savings in public spending, the Government is seeking to create the conditions for business to grow.
The launch of the consultations today acknowledge that skills is integral to supporting the economy, but that reducing the deficit will mean public money is used more effectively.
Funding consultation: A Simplified Further Education and Skills Funding System and Methodology
Growth plan: A Strategy for Sustainable Growth