Best ladders of opportunity. Government Skills Initiatives in the UK. Presenter: Jane Simmons Organisation: Hope Business School, Liverpool Hope University Address: Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD. Telephone: 0151 291 3911 Email address: [email protected]
The title of this paper is a quotation from a speech given by, the then UK education secretary, Ruth Kelly to the Association of Colleges conference in Birmingham on November 16, 2005.
In that speech she suggested that ‘the economic imperative of education, training and skills is clear and real…For most people, the best ladders of opportunity we can give them are the skills and qualifications to get a decently paid, sustainable, rewarding job.’
This focus of this paper is UK government initiatives over the last forty, or so, years which have been designed to both upskill the workforce and to improve the UK’s global competitive position.