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Skills Development

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he plans to develop skills to make the UK a more competitive economy; and if he will make a statement. (127481)

Skills are one of the five key drivers of productivity. 1.6 million adults have gained literacy and numeracy qualifications since 2001 and since 2002 1 million more have gained essential Level 2 qualifications. Lord Leitch’s report “Prosperity for all in the global economy—world class skills” sets an ambition for the UK to be a world leader in skills by 2020, which we accept. We will create a demand-led system of skills supply, ensuring that economically valuable skills are delivered at all levels to enhance productivity, employability and social mobility.