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Less knowledge, more skills

The UK has “a skills problem” that is largely the fault of its education system, according to a report out today. Does it have a point?

“The current education system, with its emphasis on academic knowledge, struggles to instil a broad range of technical and career-focused skills amongst young people. Adult learners looking to retrain or upskill suffer from a lack of high-quality, affordable, visible pathways to help them progress in learning and in work. Combined, this has led to skills gaps and skills shortages which many employers are struggling to overcome.”

No, dear Playbook reader, you are not suffering from déjà vu. This passage, lifted from today’s report from the Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work and a Changing Economy, brings several of the criticisms that universities have faced for years together in one (fairly) succinct paragraph. But that does not mean it is not a useful contribution to the discourse.

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