I was delighted with the turnout, enthusiasm and range of new ideas expressed at the joint seminar held on 5th November by the Education and Business, Innovation and Skills Committees on education, skills and productivity.
The seminar marks the start of a major piece of joint work by the two committees. Over the next five years, we will be grappling with the vexed question of how education and skills can help to boost productivity and improve the country’s economic performance. We hope that our working together will set an example and encourage the Government to take a more joined-up approach to this crucial issue.
As we take the work forward, we will be calling on businesses, schools, colleges and others to send us their suggestions, views and ideas. Your contributions will play in important role in shaping our inquiries and helping us to come up with practical recommendations.
Students of economic history will know that we have been struggling with the productivity puzzle for far too long. If we are to address this challenge, and boost standards of living for all, we need to look in depth at the contribution our education and skills systems make. I hope that, through our joint work, we will come up with a series of proposals that will make a real difference to our economic future.
Our first joint special report, Education, Skills and Productivity: commissioned research, is now available on our website.