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Recruitment industry vital to developing skills policy, says REC

Recruitment industry vital to developing skills policy, says REC
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has called for a greater role for the recruitment industry in future skills policy through its response to the Government consultation Skills for Sustainable Growth.
Skills Minister John Hayes announced the publication of the consultation document, which includes how to take forward initiatives such as higher level apprenticeships, businesses investing in learning and how to ensure training leads to new skills not just accreditation.
The REC's response calls for recruitment agencies to be allowed to feed into the training prioritisation process, a simplification of the funding structure, improvement of the quality of vocational training and a clear message from Government to Sector Skills Councils that they should work closely with recruitment agencies who are at the forefront of the jobs market.
Commenting on the REC's response, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of Policy and Professional Services said:
The whole skills agenda is very much central to both our Youth Employment Taskforce campaign and also exploring ways of solving the continuing shortages being experienced in the highly skilled end of the jobs market, including technology and engineering.
Our Taskforce report contains practical recommendations and solutions, most of them, cost neutral, to help prevent a lost generation of workers through giving them the tools internships, apprenticeships, work experience and mentoring to help them train in the skills which will be needed for the workforce of the future.
Hadley added: We will be seeking to work closely with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to ensure it is aware of the expertise and value professional recruiters bring to making young jobseekers aware of the opportunities available in sectors where there are skills shortages.
We welcome the chance to make a contribution to shape the future world of work by providing the Government with a comprehensive and informed view of how the recruitment industry can become integral to the whole future skills landscape.


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