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BCC responds to Prime Minister’s plan on training and skills

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Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcements on post-18 education and training today, BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton said:

“The government have listened to Chambers and taken an important step toward a more agile adult skills system in the wake of the pandemic. Our Workplace Training and Development Commission has found that employers need access to bite-sized accredited learning that enables adults to be quickly up-skilled and re-skilled for new opportunities.”

“Apprenticeships will remain crucial to solving the skills crisis and employers need support to recruit and retain apprentices throughout the pandemic as cashflow restrictions force firms to make difficult choices. Over time, we still need to see greater flexibility in how the apprenticeship levy can be used.”

“The government’s renewed focus on FE, greater investment in technical and digital skills and a more flexible skills system must go hand in hand with high quality local delivery that responds quickly to the growth aspirations of business.”
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Notes to editors
• The BCC’s Workplace Training and Development Commission’s progress report can be found here. The Commission, launched as part of the BCC's People Campaign, is researching the barriers and opportunities for business investment in workplace training and development, for adults over the age of 25, and at all skill levels.
About British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) represents and campaigns for business. Our roots are local, but our reach is global. We’re owned by, and work for, a network of Chambers of Commerce that champion and support our members across the UK and in countries and markets around the world. For more information, visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk