The UK economy is set to undergo significant change in the coming years. The impact of rapidly advancing technology, an ageing population and exiting the EU will leave our economy looking very different by 2030.

Having an effectively functioning adult skills system will be crucial if we are to manage the impact of these trends, to shape them and to turn them to our advantage. However, there is serious cause for concern that our adult skills system is not fit for purpose today, let alone fit to face the challenges ahead.

In this report, we set out an approach to adult skills that would better meet the needs of learners, employers and the economy in the future.

Skills policy is devolved and this report focuses on the English skills system. It follows Scotland Skills 2030 which examined the same issues from the distinct perspective of Scotland.