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‘Re-skilling for Recovery’ report – London First comment

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Skills today released their report, ‘Re-skilling for Recovery’.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“As we enter the economic downturn, London First welcomes this intelligent critique of Government skills policy. More than ever, the publicly funded re-skilling programmes need to become more understandable and more accessible. The byzantine complexity of the current system is its own worst enemy.  All too often, that prevents providers from delivering reactive and flexible training that both companies and individuals need.”

Notes to Editors
1. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

2. London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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