Making progress: boosting the skills and wage prospects of the low paid


Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Employment
Prof Alison Wolf, Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London
Adrian Ringrose, Chief Executive, Interserve
Nigel Keohane, Research Director, Social Market Foundation


Brian Groom, UK Business and Employment Editor, Financial Times

The UK faces a major challenge on pay and productivity. Some five million people are now in low paid work and many of them are stuck in low pay. This new report by the SMF explores the fiscal, economic and social case for investing in the skills of those who are stuck in low pay. It asks how the Government could target this group with skills and training to increase their earnings, help them progress in work and to boost productivity in the UK economy. Training and on-the-job experience is essential in helping people into work, staying in work and developing their skills and abilities.

Please join us at the launch of Making Progress for an interesting and informative debate on the report’s findings and recommendations.