Leading figures respond to new NIACE Manifesto

4th June 2014

A Manifesto, detailing the crucial role that lifelong learning can play in a prosperous society and a vibrant economy, will be discussed by leading political figures at NIACE’s Annual Adult Learners’ Week Policy Conference tomorrow in Westminster.

The conference, Skills for Prosperity, supported by NOCN, will hear from the following speakers:

  • Matthew Hancock MP, the Minister for Skills and Enterprise
  • Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills
  • Baroness Brinton, Liberal Democrat Peer
  • Alex Pratt, Chair of the LEP Network
  • Cathy Walsh, Principal of Barking and Dagenham College and Further Education representative on the London LEP
  • Graham Hastings-Evans, Managing Director of NOCN

Each speaker will be responding to NIACE’s proposals in the Manifesto and detailing how sustained economic growth and social justice will be achieved across the country over the course of the next Parliament.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“We are challenging the three main parties to respond to our Manifesto as we believe that a radical new skills policy is essential to reflect the economic and social circumstances we find ourselves in. While the economy is improving, it is still fragile and as the recent Employer Skills Survey from UKCES reported, the level of skills-gaps in workplaces across the country is a danger to lasting growth. There is a crucial role that skills and lifelong learning has to play in ensuring that we build a sustainable recovery for all. This conference will be your chance to hear how the three main parties will deliver and achieve the vision of a vibrant and prosperous society and a healthy and growing economy over the next 5 years and beyond.”