Over the last 15 years economic growth has been erratic and productivity growth has flat lined. Adult participation in learning is declining, particularly for those furthest from learning, while government and employer investment in adult training is also falling. Our economy and labour market are experiencing rapid changes, where those who have already been left behind face fewer opportunities in the UKs transitioning economy.
The solution to these challenges lies in a better skilled workforce. This means ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to develop skills for work throughout their lives, building a future economy and labour market where people aren’t just playing catch up but have the chance to thrive in new industries and sectors.
But how do we do it?
How do we get policy makers and employers to invest in skills?
How do we ensure that opportunities for learning are accessible to those furthest from it?
How should we change the system?
Ultimately, how do we get more adults learning?
On Thursday 16th November, Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO of Ufi VocTech Trust, joined Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute, and Torsten Bell, CEO of Resolution Foundation, for a discussion about how we can achieve the systemic change necessary to get more adults learning.