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This report sets out our ambition to simplify the skills system, improving access to vital training for businesses and people from all places and backgrounds. 

We have developed commitments to strengthen the skills system, working with partners to build on government reforms already in place. We have achieved much already over the last six years, including putting employers at the heart of the system. But there is more to do. The prize in seeing though government’s reforms over the long term is world-beating productivity and opportunity across the country.

In this report we set out plans for a skills system that: 

  • delivers what employers need now and for the future. We want to unite employers’ insights and learner needs, striking the ideal balance of improvement and stability in the system
  • is clear and user-friendly. We want to promote informed choices about the opportunities and support available to access training for skilled roles at all levels
  • is joined up. Working together, we want to build on the government’s reforms to strengthen and simplify the skills system

A Simpler Skills System has been informed by a range of research. We held a ‘Big Conversation’ with more than 2000 individuals who work in, use or rely on technical education to understand their experiences. We also commissioned two pieces of research to look more deeply into employers’ experiences of the skills system. Understanding how the system is working has shaped the next steps of our journey to a simpler skills system.