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Interserve welcomes report into education and the workplace

by Interserve Press Office | Nov 26, 2013

Interserve welcomes report into education and the workplaceInterserve, the international support services and construction group, welcomes the publication of a report into how the education system meets the needs of the workplace.

Entitled 'One System, Many Pathways', the report seeks to find consensus across the education and training sector and create a blueprint upon which future policy should be assessed. This 'Values Consensus' is based on five guiding principles that will keep learners at the centre of education and training policy. It will be launched formally in Parliament today (November 26) at a panel debate seminar featuring Lord Baker and both inquiry co-chairs. Interserve CEO Adrian Ringrose will also speak at the launch event.

Interserve has sponsored the study which is the result of a cross-party inquiry by the Skills Commission, an independent body of senior leaders from across parliament and the education sector. The study follows an inquiry chaired by Sir Mike Tomlinson, the former Chief Inspector of Schools.

The report proposes a 'Values Consensus' framework to guide future education and skills policy decision making.

Consisting of five guiding principles, the 'Values Consensus' framework calls for:

  • Focusing always on 'what is right' for each and every learner
  • Ensuring 'dynamic quality' across the whole of the 14-19 system of education quality
  • Achieving fairness across the whole 14-19 system
  • Enabling transfer between pathways within the 14-19 system
  • Creating real choice through effective information, advice and guidance.

The report makes more than a dozen recommendations for policy and cultural change in the UK education landscape, including calling on the Department for Education to examine ways to create and facilitate a new culture of acceptance of learners repeating a year in order to ensure the learning experience is built around the individual's particular learning requirements.

The report further calls on employers and employer bodies to engage more fully with education providers, with the creation of 'associate governors' to link local employers to schools and education providers more systematically.

Interserve CEO Adrian Ringrose commented: "How we develop skills is one of the biggest challenges that we face in the UK. As a large employer, we believe that enabling the next generation to develop the right skills is not only vital to our economic recovery, but vital for the future of UK business. Therefore, we embrace the challenges and support the recommendations to create a more responsive and effective education system to provide young people with the skills and knowledge to build long-term, enriching careers."

The One System, Many Pathways report can be downloaded here.

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For further information please contact:

Nigel Charlesworth
Head of Corporate Communications, Interserve
0118 960 2332

Peter Barrett
Policy Connect
07912 745841

Ian Brown
Capital MSL
0203 219 8800

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. We are one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenue of £2.3 billion and a workforce of over 50,000 people worldwide.
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