24 September 2018

  |  CBI Press Team

Update

Education is the number one driver of productivity & the key to a fairer society

We've responded to a speech at Labour Party conference by Angela Rayner MP

Education is the number one driver of productivity & the key to a fairer society

John Cope, CBI Head of Education and Skills, said:

“Education is the number one driver of productivity, and the key to a fairer society – two issues business fundamentally cares about. The Shadow Education Secretary asks the right questions on lifelong learning, tackling education ‘cold spots’, and needing to improve school governance. Given the fast pace of reform since 2010, now is not the time for a potentially disruptive and top-down reorganisation. The independent Education Policy Institute recently found 14 of the top 20 secondary school providers were academy groups, showing academies are a valuable part of the schools system.

“Business wants to hear more details of what Labour’s ‘National Education Service’ proposal means for the issues that matter – improving often woeful careers advice, improving technical education through apprenticeships and T-levels, and how to equip people with the transferable skills needed to adapt to new technologies.”