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Executive to see skills development progress

Published: Tuesday, 18 March 2008   Category: Government policies | Public sector

The chief exec of the new UK Commission for Employment and Skills has visited BMW's training academy in Reading.

Chris Humphries, who is launching the commission on April 1st, went to the academy to see how it had become a leader in employment, skills and productivity.

The BMW Group Academy UK was set up in 2006 to tackle skills gaps in the automotive industry and runs a number of courses. A report by education watchdog Ofsted said the academy provided top-level training.

Mr Humphries commented: "My visit to BMW UK is very far from being a meet and greet. I want to find out exactly what makes their skills training world class.

"This is a prime example of how an employer can drive workforce training and ensure employees have the right qualifications."

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has said that its key objective is to help ensure an 80 per cent employment rate by 2020.

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