The focus on the improvement of the basic vocational skills of the United Kingdom workforce in the first decade of the 21st century. The term was first coined in this context in 2003 in the White Paper 21st Century Skills: Realising Our Potential, which identified the need to raise skills levels to those of the more economically prosperous countries of the European Union. This theme was developed in two more White Papers: 14–19 Education and Skills (2005) and Getting on in Business, Getting on in Work (2005). Sector skills councils and Regional Skills Partnerships have a central remit to work to this agenda through employer‐led developments in unitized qualifications for the workplace; 14–19 vocational programmes; and the provision of funding to encourage employers to release staff for training. See also employer engagement; 14–19 agenda; skills; Train to Gain; work‐based learning.