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Education Listens To Industry In The UK

October 9, 2015 Categories: Uncategorized. Tags: education and industry and management. No Comments on Education Listens To Industry In The UK

The national curriculum is a brave and important reform, but even when it has been implemented the UK educational system will not provide the kind of education needed by modern industry. In his new work, The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Harvard’s Michael Porter succinctly describes the faults of the British system of education: ‘The result of such an educational system is a study in contrasts. On the one hand, there is a pool of outstanding people well qualified for professional services, consultancy, software, publishing and the like. The upper tier of the human resource pool remains well trained and low-cost compared to other nations … On the other hand, there is a serious problem confronting the bulk of industry. The British workforce is well behind in education and skills compared with that of many other advanced nations.’

British industry needs, therefore, to say clearly what knowledge and skills ought to be developed. We should not be tempted to

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