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SCOTTISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE CALL FOR RADICAL CHANGE IN SCOTLAND’S SKILLS SECTOR TO DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

[ 22-12-2011 ]

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce have today proposed a series of radical reforms to funding and structure’s of Scotland’s skills and employability system.  The proposals form the basis of the SCC’s response to the Scottish Government’s ‘Putting Learners at the Centre’ consultation on its proposed reforms to post 16 education in Scotland.

 
Presenting the Scottish Chambers of Commerce proposals, Chief Executive Liz Cameron explained:
 
“Scotland’s education system is crucial to ensuring that Scots have the skills to drive our current and future economic growth.  It is therefore important to get system reforms right.  
 
“We commend the Scottish Government for recognising the imperative for change in the system due to the economic challenges Scotland currently faces.
 
“The Scottish Chambers of Commerce are calling for fresh thinking and focussed reform to ensure that post-16 education in Scotland delivers the skills people need to get jobs, develop businesses and make sure that Scotland’s economy grows now and in future.  We are calling for real partnership between Government, the post 16 education sector and Scotland’s business communities to deliver a system that performs efficiently and effectively.  
 
“The immediate priority for us all must be to tackle youth unemployment.  These Scottish Chambers of commerce proposals demonstrate how effective partnership with business can achieve just that.”

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