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An opportunity not to be missed: why the industrial strategy needs to support the visitor economy

In January 2017, the government published its industrial strategy green paper. The strategy focuses on ten pillars that the government believes will help address the low levels of productivity in the UK – one of which is ‘developing skills’.

Whilst the government is clear that it doesn’t want the strategy to be about ‘picking winners’, the skills section focuses heavily on skill shortages in science and engineering sectors.  

The visitor economy is often seen as only creating low-skilled, entry-level jobs, but how true is this in comparison to other areas of the economy? Ultimately, what criteria does a sector need to meet to be considered ‘skilled’ and therefore deserving of specific support within the industrial strategy? Our latest report explores this issue.

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