Lord Sandy Leitch was tasked by the UK government in 2004 to review the UK's long‐term skills needs. The final Leitch Report, Prosperity for All in the Global Economy: World Class Skills, was published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office for Her Majesty's Treasury in December 2006. Apart from its aim to advise on ways to restore the UK's position as a major leader in the skills needed to compete globally, the Report also presents suggestions for strategies designed to help increase productivity and employment rates in the UK, with the effect of reducing poverty and inequality. The Report recommended that the UK strive to become a global leader in skills by 2020, benchmarked against the most economically developed countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. To achieve this, the Report set out a number of ‘stretching objectives’ which would double education and training attainment levels required by 2020. These include: increasing the achievement of basic skills to 95 per cent of the adult population for functional literacy and numeracy; exceeding 90 per cent of adults vocationally qualified to at least level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF); shifting the balance from NQF level 2 to level 3 and increasing the number of those on apprenticeship schemes to 500 000 a year; and raising the number of adults who will be qualified to level 4 and above to 40 per cent, with 29 per cent committed to further progression.
http://www.hmtreasury.gov.uk/media/523/43/leitch_finalreport051206.pdf The full text of the Report.
Subjects: Human Resource Management — Education.