The University for Industry (UfI) has moved to reassure employers that it will treat competitiveness as a key issue.
Research by the Engineering Employers’ Federation out this week suggests the embryonic training organisation is seen as too focused on employability and social exclusion issues, and not on improving competitiveness.
But UfI chief executive Anne Wright said its development plan, published after the EEF study, made it clear that competitiveness would be a central theme.
The EEF found firms were unclear about the UfI’s aims. Wright said it will meet government agencies, Tecs, training providers and businesses to forge links.