imageChapter Three

Developing skills and knowledge

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain

Mind the skills gap

It is widely recognised that the UK as a whole loses out to foreign competition because of a skills shortage. To give just a few statistics, 29 per cent of the workforce in England are not qualified to NVQ Level 2, which is the equivalent of five good GCSEs. Almost two and half million people in the workforce in England do not have any qualifications. The National Audit Office has estimated that the skills gap costs £10 billion in lost revenue ...

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