Ed Miliband’s address to the Labour Party Conference, devolution, UKCES Forging Futures programme, the latest on Hinkley, Dawn French and the Best University in the South West.


The Impact of Education & Skills on Economic Growth in South West England

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This week: responses to Ed Miliband’s address to the Labour Party Conference, devolution, UKCES Forging Futures programme, the latest on Hinkley, Dawn French and the Best University in the South West. Last week’s newsletter reported on access to education, skills gaps and gender, devolution and the latest from LEPs and industry.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady responded to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester this week saying “This was a speech that spoke to the real problems and worries of working people – jobs, living standards, homes and a secure future for the NHS. Its policy agenda, genuinely ambitious but believable, is exactly the way to reconnect politics to voters”. NIACE responded, calling for an adult skills revolution. Richard Atkins, President of the Association of Colleges commented“To achieve the target of getting as many school/college leavers to take up an apprenticeship as going…

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