The UK has a serious skills problem and at the same time the need for skills is increasing. The government has placed skills at the heart of its agenda. The national skills agenda and the establishment of the Learning and Skills Council, the Sector Skills Development Agency and the network of Sector Skills Councils, are key means by which government is seeking to increase skill levels. This book draws together the evidence on the "case" for skills and to examine the policies appropriate to achieving "skills for all". "Learn to succeed": argues that raising skill levels is crucial to both economic success and social inclusion; demonstrates the benefits of higher skill levels to people, to companies and to communities; synthesises a wide range of materials in one convenient volume, providing a reference source on the issues; deals with the issues at both national and local levels; and sets out a clear agenda for action.
"Learn to succeed" is aimed at policy makers and practitioners in national, regional and local government departments and agencies, and is also recommended for students and academics on courses at undergraduate and graduate level in applied economics, education or public policy.
"This timely contribution to the literature on the labour market helps us to make sense of current policies on learning and skills. It effectively makes the economic case for the learning and skills agenda - demonstrating the benefits for individuals, communities and firms. It will be welcomed by all those interested in the field - students, academics and practitioners alike." Professor Ian Stone, Social Science Research Centre, University of Northumbria at Newcastle