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At JHP Group we have believed for many years that the key to
ensuring sustainable employment for the individual, and long-term
economic prosperity for the country, lies in the skills development
of our workforce. As a prime provider for the Department for Work
and Pensions (DWP) and a holder of major funding contracts with the
Skills Funding Agency (SFA), the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA)
and Skills Development Scotland (SDS), we sponsored the production
of a report by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI)
because we believe that there is increased recognition among
government departments and their agencies that the country needs to
achieve a step change, and because there is an increased willingness
to ensure policy congruence of objectives.
Radical changes are being made to how the welfare to work industry is funded and managed. There are major changes to benefit systems and rules. Equally there are major changes to the ‘skills system’ being introduced by the SFA, which bring with it opportunities for greater congruence of the world’s employability and skills. However, without effective and targeted investment in skills, we will not achieve a long-term reduction in unemployment and increased competitiveness for UK plc. We feel that it is imperative that we, as stakeholders and as an industry, make sure that we grasp the opportunities presented by the focus on integrated employability and skills, and deliver tangible results with long-lasting benefits. This means actively participating in the debate and seeking to influence policy where we believe improvements can be made. This report addresses the empirical evidence of the linkage between employment and skills, and examines whether or not the policies that we are seeking to implement will achieve the results we desire.
Read the full report here
Jim Chambers, Chief Executive JHP Group
JHP Group actively promotes and supports equality of opportunity for all, regardless of ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religious belief.