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Feature Skills & Training
by SENATOR OZOUF
MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The States of Jersey
Putting skills development at the
heart of keeping Jersey special.
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kills and human automatically lead to bringing more of those not individuals in employment
capital are at the economic growth. However currently able to to continually upgrade
heart of growing the skills base in the participate through social, their personal skill levels
productivity. Generally, Jersey economy needs to educational or personal and allow individuals to
higher-skilled workers are be continually updated and circumstances can help exploit opportunities for
more innovative, improved, to meet the reduce the requirement for personal advancement.
enterprising and needs of both business inward migration. It may
productive. They also tend and individuals, now and also help address skills We must also encourage
to adapt more easily to into the future. shortages which affect companies to invest in the
change. Skilled employees many of our industries. training and personal
also obtain higher output Given the extremely high development of their staff
from implementing new rates of labour force It is therefore important as a means of increasing
technologies and their participation in Jersey it that full consideration is productivity and securing
thirst for knowledge and would be difficult to secure given to policies that can future competitiveness in
wanting to better significant improvement to increase incentive, global markets.
themselves is a strong economic growth through overcome barriers and of
reflection of their wanting increased employment or course reduce The recent creation of the
to improve their living by securing further private disincentives to work. We Skills Executive is a
standards. capital investment. must ensure the positive sign that
unemployed receive the Government is willing to
Ensuring that people can However, marginal right training to re-enter play its role in shaping the
access higher skills and improvements in employment, give future skills agenda on the
better education does not participation through encouragement to island and begin to address
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