EY has announced it has been named as a founding member of the Skills Taskforce for Global Britain.
The government’s new taskforce is set to “improve the quality of the UK’s skills economy” in order to attract inward investment to the country.
Commissioned by independent charity WorldSkills UK, the taskforce is chaired by former director general of the CBI, John Cridland CBE.
Josie Cluer, EY’s lead partner for learning and skills in the UK, said: “Skills are key drivers of social inclusion, productivity, economic growth and inward investment, and will therefore play a critical role in the UK’s long-term recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s positive to see businesses, Government and the third sector coming together to focus on this important issue. We are delighted to be a founding member of the Taskforce for Global Britain, through which we hope to help chart a course to create a world-leading skills economy by 2030.”
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann, CEO of WorldSkills UK, said: “For UK industry to attract the inward investment we need to grow, be internationally competitive and create high quality jobs – we have to develop world class skills.
“Failure to do so means we will not only fall behind our global competitors, but also let down the next generation.”
He added: “We are delighted to be working with EY on the taskforce, which will put in place a roadmap to help ensure Global Britain prospers in the post pandemic economic surge through to 2030 powered by growing world-class talent.”