The state of the North 2015: Four tests for the northern powerhouse
The northern powerhouse must liberate the potential of its greatest asset – its people – through huge improvements to the development of skills, starting with the very youngest.
Our benchmarks to indicate progress in relation to this test are as follows.
We have caught up with the national rate of early years attainment for under-5s, having focussed on the needs of the most deprived children.
We have closed the gap in GCSE attainment, in terms of the number of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs including English and maths, having again focussed on deprived young people.
We have met the projected demand from employers for skilled workers qualified to QCF level 3 and above. Projections indicate that there will be demand for more than 2.4 million people qualified to QCF level 3 or higher by 2022.