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Sunday, September 23, 2012

City & Guilds sponsor the Great Skills Debate

Since its launch in April TJ's Great Skills Debate has put skills agenda centre stage by providing a forum for debate on the current problems in developing and implementing workplace skills in the UK giving the education and skills agenda the focus it needs.

Under the banner of TJ's L&D 2020 research project the debate has drawn draw together a variety of experts and practitioners to talk about the issues and to provide varying perspectives on what must be viewed as a major issue for the UK and in particular our young people.

Debbie Carter, Director of Research at TJ says: "I'm delighted that an organisation as influential in the field of vocational training as City & Guilds has recognised the importance of this debate by supporting us over the coming months and they bring a valuable perspective to the discussion and their weight in this arena shows how important this debate is to those in the industry."

Kate Shoesmith, Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs at City & Guilds, who will be talking at the event says:  'At City & Guilds, our purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth - and that's why we're delighted to be sponsoring The Great Skills Debate. All too often we hear how employers believe young people lack the necessary skills to make them work-ready; yet our own research shows that young people do want to boost their skills to help them achieve their goals. We need to address this disconnect about what young people have to offer and what employers require, and we hope this event will create a platform for us to address this issue.'

The six months of discussion will come together at the live debate on 24th October 2012 in London where specialists from education and workplace learning will join policy advisors and makers to debate the key questions raised during the preceding months. To find out more or reserve a place click here or email events@trainingjournal.com or ring 01353 865340. To take part in the debate now visit the Great Skills Debate sub-group on TJ's LinkedIn page or to find out more about getting involved email about:debbie.carter@trainingjournal.com


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