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Future of cities: Graduate mobility and productivity

government office for science report | 24 march 2016

PA’s Mike Boxall, a higher education expert, is quoted in a Government Office of Science report on the future of cities. The report looks at how UK cities could attract more talented graduates through local collaborations between universities, employers and civic bodies.

One of the issues the report looks at is the crucial role of universities in developing talented individuals with the right skills to supply the regional and national demands.

The report draws on an example of PA’s ground-breaking work in Birmingham. PA has worked with Birmingham City University and other local partners to establish a City-wide Skills Engine. The aim of this is to bring together a range of local players to improve the match between demand for and supply of skilled talent in the regional economy.  The report cites a paper written by Mike Boxall, titled Communities of Talent, that describes the thinking behind the Skills Engine and international examples of similar projects.

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The government report goes on to describe how the Skills Engine was instigated by Birmingham City University to provide a radical response to the talent shortage that is holding back productivity across the region. The Skills Engine will provide new services and pathways for learning, which are embedded in local responses to economic and social challenges.

You can read the full PA paper here.

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