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Developing a four nations college blueprint for a post-Brexit economy

Sets out the central role colleges can play in meeting the priorities of the UK: improving productivity; developing the workforce; and giving citizens the opportunity to learn new skills throughout life. Outlines the challenges facing the sector such as the lack of young people, automation and the lack of information on colleges available to the public. Considers that there should be a re-think of public policy and investment with priority focused on raising the skills of the workforce of all ages and tackling the lack of technical education and skills. Makes recommendations including that everyone should be entitled to accredited education and training to a certain level, that there should be employer tax incentives for workforce development and practical support offered to young people in low-skilled and insecure employment to help them progress into better jobs. Describes the new Four Nations College Alliance which will promote these aims by working in partnership. Presents case studies from across the UK showcasing how colleges are developing the workforce including Glasgow Clyde College, North West Regional College, Dudley College of Technology and Belfast Metropolitan College.


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