Future-Ready Skills Commission

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has supported the creation of an independent Commission to shape the future of the skills system, so that it better meets the needs of individuals, businesses and the economy.


The Future-Ready Skills Commission is an independent, national commission made up of experts and leading thinkers from business, education, local government and think tanks, supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and chaired by Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe.

Over the past two years, it has conducted an in-depth examination of the UK skills system, from post-16 education through to adult skills and career development, drawing upon national and international examples of best practice to design a skills system for the 21st century.

It has published its final report, A Blueprint for a Future-Ready Skills System, setting out a vision for a devolved skills system designed around people, businesses and local economies.

This means employers can recruit the talent they need, individuals can better access opportunities that will lead to more resilient, flexible and dynamic local labour markets that work for all, while contributing to the national recovery and the leveling-up agenda.

Find out more about the Future-Ready Skills Commission.

A Blueprint for a Future-Ready Skills System

The Future-Ready Skills Commission’s final report contains nine recommendations that, if enacted, would lead to an adult skills and training system that can better meet the needs of local economies, and future challenges and opportunities in the workplace.

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