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NOCN supports launch of international drive to improve UK's productivity

Last week (24th May 2019) NOCN’s MD Graham Hasting-Evans took part in the launch of the first phase of a world leading campaign designed to improve the UK’s productivity.

The launch saw a significant piece of research from the RSA and WorldSkills UK, supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), released which highlights inspiring examples of innovation in skills from around the world to help improve UK policy.

The research report explores case studies from four key places; Switzerland, Shanghai, Russia, and Singapore and identifies ‘key success factors’ for the UK to learn from. The launch event was hosted by Steph McGovern, BBC journalist and business presenter, and attended by a panel of esteemed speakers and experts including Dr Neil Bentley Gockmann OBE (CEO, WorldSkills UK), Anthony Painter (Director, RSA Action and Research Centre), Graham Hasting-Evans (Managing Director NOCN), Joanne Maher (Principal & CEO Boston College), Dame Ruth Silver (President, Further Education Trust for Leadership) and Sir John Hayes (MP, UK Parliament).

NOCN and WorldSkills UK recently announced their strategic partnership, which sees both organisations working together to share global skills insights with businesses, education bodies and governments through the WorldSkills UK Productivity Lab. This new programme is designed to mainstream international skills excellence to help boost productivity and economic competitiveness.
In his speech NOCN’s Managing Director highlighted why it is so important to look at best practise in skills systems around the world:

“The world does not stand still. Whilst we are reforming so are others. We must learn from other countries. But that does not mean lifting and dropping in someone else’s system in the UK. That will not work. We need to understand some of the key principles underpinning successful TVET systems and adapt these to suit us”.

Graham continues: “NOCN is a driving force for improving productivity in the UK and in September 2018 released a report in partnership with Learning and Work Institute “Skills to Drive a Productive Society”. The report identified skills as being crucial to improving productivity and the areas of skills the UK needs to focus on are English, maths, digital and employability skills as well as technical skills and a re-engineering of management skills focused on productivity increases.”

In August 2019, WorldSkills UK will enter its team of apprentices and students into the international WorldSkills Competition hosted in Kazan, Russia. As part of the strategic partnership between WorldSkills UK and NOCN, the Productivity Lab will provide industry leaders with access to the world’s best skills innovations during the competition to transfer knowledge and identify ways in which UK policy can be transformed to improve skills development, making the UK more productive and competitive.

Watch this space for further news on the Productivity Lab campaign and NOCN’s involvement as lead sponsor.