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Skills for life is key to growth

The Leitch report warns that millions lack adequate literacy and numeracy skills ("12m adults stuck at age 11", FE Focus, December 9). Yet the solution lies in the findings of a new report by the Adult Learning Inspectorate, which shows that the sector which confronts this problem while achieving outstanding results is Skills for Life training in the workplace. These learners, as much as 16 to 19-year-olds, hold the key to improving the nation's literacy and numeracy skills.

As you report, four years ago 60 per cent of work-based training organisations were failing; now 75 per cent are succeeding. But employers, too, need to appreciate the link between these skills and their organisation's performance. And it is the Government's own National Employer Training Programme, to be launched early next year, that can expedite the good work already being done.

Eddie Little Director of operations The Network for Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Lancaster university

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