Call for evidence - Skills Commission

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has supported the creation of an independent Commission to shape the future of the skills system, so that it better meets the needs of individuals, businesses and the economy.

The aim of the Commission is to develop a blueprint for an education and skills system that can contribute to the outcomes needed at local level i.e. the achievement of local economic priorities, the fulfilment of individual aspirations and the promotion of inclusive growth.

An accompanying paper provides an overview of the role of the Commission: what it is seeking to achieve, the challenges it aims to address and the approach it will take to meeting its remit.

The purpose of this Call for Evidence is to seek wider views and input on the issues under consideration that can be used to inform the findings and recommendations of the Commission.

We encourage everyone with an interest in this topic to respond and would particularly like to hear from education and training providers, academics, employers, students, learners as well as from the public. Alongside this call for evidence the Commission will consult in a number of ways with relevant groups, including learners and employers.

Call for evidence

The Commission is seeking evidence from stakeholders on the following themes:

  1. Technical education and training - How can we ensure that technical education and training gives people the skills they need for high quality employment and employers the skills they need to meet business objectives?
  2. Careers information and inspiration - how can we make the labour market work better through improved information, advice and guidance, ensure that young people are career ready and adults understand the options available to them for career development?
  3. Workforce skills - how do we enable adults to invest in skills in response to the changing labour market and ensure that employers are investing in the skills they need for business success?

A further cross-cutting theme is the local dimension: how do we arrive at a workable blueprint for the skills system that provides local partners with the powers and funding that they need to deliver integrated economic strategy with skills at their heart but which also provides for a co-ordinated approach across localities.

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