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SCOTTISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE RESPOND TO RUSSELL’S PLANS FOR POST 16 EDUCATION REFORM

[ 14-09-2011 ]

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, has commented following Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell’s launch today of plans to reform post 16 learning in Scotland.  She said: 
 
“Scottish Chambers of Commerce warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that the skills landscape in Scotland is cluttered, and failing to deliver fully for Scotland’s economy.  We are glad that they recognise the need for restructuring and reform to build a post 16 learning environment that fully contributes to increasing economic growth – this Government’s stated priority.
 
“It is vital, then, that this priority is borne in mind when taking forward reforms to post 16 education.  We are glad that the Scottish Government has undertaken to engage with business and to ensure that employers are more engaged in the system.  To really ensure that economic growth is at the heart of skills policy, government must put businesses, as the drivers of economic growth, at the heart of the new structures that emerge following this consultation.  To enable Scotland’s businesses to grow and create jobs for Scots, businesses must lead the agenda on skills policy strategy and implementation. 
 
“Scottish Chambers of Commerce are looking forward to contributing the range of expertise our network can bring to the development of the proposals  Michael Russell outlined today.  This is an exciting opportunity for business and Government to come together to get this right for Scotland’s economy and Scotland’s learners.”

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