Research Report

Industrial strategy and the future of skills policy

The high road to sustainable growth

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Industrial strategy and the future of skills policy

Published February 2014

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This Research Insight, produced for the CIPD by the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), explores the relationship between economic performance and skills and finds that it is not enough just to build skills in the UK to strengthen the economy. The authors set out the case for an integrated strategy that embraces growth, skills and innovation, employment relations and labour market to build an industrial strategy and ensure sustainable growth.

Also included are some CIPD recommendations about how to address current problems in order to improve the strategic co-ordination of policy-making on a range of issues including the establishment of a Workplace Commission.

"The longer that policy does not confront the need for a better balance between improving demand
and utilisation of skills, with the supply of skills, the greater the concern that economic growth
will not be sustainable in the long term or support all areas of the economy and the workforce."

Contents of the report
  • Foreword
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Current challenges
  • Current policies
  • Fundamental tensions within what government strategy is trying to achieve
  • Too narrow a focus for policy?

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