Responding to the British Chamber of Commerce's Workplace Training and Development Commission Report, Chief Executive of AoC, David Hughes said:
“The report today is a strong sign that employers understand and value the importance of developing and nurturing their people and for working in partnership with colleges to support a stronger adult skills offer in every community. Colleges need to have more freedoms to meet local employer and learner needs, as the recent white paper proposed. When they win those freedoms, they will be able to work in partnership with more employers through local choice of course types and modules, flexible funding mechanisms and removing barriers within the welfare system. If the government delivers those freedoms, colleges working with employers will be able to unlock the potential of people needing to upgrade their skills, retrain for the jobs of the future and those already in work who need to update their knowledge.
As set out in the Commission on the College of the Future – employers engaging effectively with colleges will ensure the skills system delivers for the labour market, communities and people. It’s good to see this vision restated here and backed up by calls for a properly funded adult education system that will boost productivity and offer better life chances for thousands of people.”