EEF welcomes Labour skills plans and urges acceptance of EU workers

chuka300A speech from the shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna (pictured) at today’s  ‘business and economics day’ at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton at which he promised to “get Britain back onto the road of sustainable growth” has been welc0omed by manufacturing bosses.

The shadow secretary said Britain needed to Invest heavily in skills, education and Apprenticeships for the future.

Commenting on the speech, Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF said that supply chain capacity and the skills within it in supporting manufacturing firms at home but was also a major factor that influenced key inward investment decisions from major companies overseas. “Industry will welcome the fact that supply chains are now recognised as a key priority for industrial strategy by both government and opposition,” he added.

On measures to boost Apprenticeships, Scuoler said business would welcome plans to raise the quantity and quality of Apprentice skill levels by making them mandatory to level 3 and a minimum of two years. On the subject of European workers, Scuoler added: “In a tight labour market business must be free to recruit the best skills it needs from across the EU, not just in the UK. Plans to force companies to take on an equal number of UK workers to those they train from overseas is not just impractical but, an interventionist measure that goes against the grain of a market based approach to training.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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