The Government has sat on its hands over the National Retraining Scheme. Ministers need to be empowered to deliver it – with laid-off workers in the fast lane.
Plus: More Ronseal, please. And: If the Treasury wants to flick multiple V-signs at blue collar voters, it will put up fuel duty.
To often, discussions about the sector generate more heat than light – and the light falls in the wrong place. We can do better.
The Apprenticeship Levy is not working. Greater flexibility is needed so employers boost spending on high-quality training.
The Government needs to listen to its critical friends and produce fast reform of this scheme to help Britain compete.