ERIC Number: EJ800188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Right Medicine?
Adults Learning, v18 n10 p12-14 Jun 2007
Adult training is critically important: 70 per cent of the 2020 workforce will be adults who have already completed their compulsory education. Yet one in three UK employers currently undertakes no training at all. In the West Midlands the figure is 44 per cent--one million workers. There is a global challenge. Out of 30 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the UK is seventeenth for low skills, twentieth for intermediate skills and eleventh for high skills, with an estimated seven million lacking functional numeracy and five million lacking functional literacy. This article opens with a summary on Lord Leitch's response to the UK's future skills needs. The main points of Leitch's argument are: (1) employers have failed to meet the country's training requirements; (2) without change there will be even more serious skill problems; and (3) the solution is to put the employers completely in charge. In this article, the author presents his arguments on the Leitch report.
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Vocational Education, Adults
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)