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The UK Commission has recently consulted on the UK's publicly funded employment, skills and training services, as part of our work on the Simplification of Employment and Skills in the UK.

Here on commissionconsultation.com you’ll find details of what happened during the consultation process so far including access to the televised debate, interviews with key stakeholders and most importantly resulting views and ideas. The deadline was 18 August 2009: however, you can still email any additional comments or ideas to:


Read an initial summary of the findings here.

Click here to have your views added to this website


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Read all comments and contribute to the debate.

Seminar participants said:

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Watching isn’t enough I want to stimulate a public debate about these issues

Chris Humphries
Chief Executive of the UK Commission for
Employment and Skills

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Clear level of consensus from the beginning to the end that what we don’t have is a system that is working well

Jon Trigg
UK Strategy Director - A4e

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Part of the problem in this area is that we’ve had too much tinkering

Professor John Philpott
Chief Economist - CIPD

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It’s whether our community thinks we’re making a difference to the workforce, community well being and social cohesion

Graham Moore
157 Group


Download the official letter from Sir Mike Rake


More details are available in the official letter from Sir Mike Rake, which can be viewed here.


How to get involved:

Email any comments or ideas to: simplification@ukces.org.uk

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    Too many organisations doing very similar things

    Ken Sargison
    Director, Education and Skills, Deloitte

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    For most employers they don’t understand it, they don’t know who to speak to and they don’t know how to find out about where the skills providers are

    Dr Penny Tamkin
    Programme Director of Management and Leadership Research, The Work Foundation

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