In response to the report of the Sainsbury Panel ‘Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education’ which proposes a series of reforms to technical education, Seamus Nevin, Head of Employment and Skills at the Institute of Directors said:
“The UK is experiencing a severe skills shortage but the current system of technical education is far too complex and outdated. There are currently over 13,000 qualifications available for 16-18 year olds yet most are not fit to meet the needs of modern employers.
“At a time when technology, demographic change and globalisation are transforming the nature of our economy, government needs to take urgent action to better prepare young people for the world of work or this country risks being left behind by our competitors.
“By putting employers at the heart of the education system, the proposals in this report mark an important step in the right direction that will benefit learners, employers and our economy.”