The report concludes that Adult Skills need higher priority and that the Skills for Life programme is not yet meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged adults
Key findings in relation to Skills for Life are:
‘Despite nearly £2 billion of additional funding, there has been slow progress in tackling shortfalls in adult numeracy and literacy. Although the Skills for Life programme met its target last year of 750,000 qualifications in these subjects, half were gained by 16-18 year olds already in college courses. The programme is not yet meeting the needs of the most acutely disadvantaged adults it was designed to help.’
To view the ALI press release and to read the Chief Inspector’s report in full, visit the ALI website
You may also like to access the report on the Leitch Review of Skills. The Government commissioned the Leitch Review to identify the UK’s optimal skills mix in 2020 to maximise economic growth, productivity and social justice, and to consider the policy implications of achieving the level of change required. The Leitch Review of Skills published its interim report Skills in the UK: The long-term challenge on 5th December 2005.
Leitch recommends that several additional targets should be considered, including enabling an additional 3.5m adults to gain basic skills and reducing by 3.5m the number of 16-year-olds coming into the workforce without basic skills.
Click here to access the full report.