Jersey already has an economy heavily dependent on a high standard of education and a skilled workforce.
It is generally recognised that academic standards in Island schools are high, but ministers emphasise that those standards must be maintained and, indeed, improved.
However, although the draft plan calls for no let-up in the pursuit of the highest academic goals, it also calls for increased support for non-academic students and for the fullest possible opportunities for vocational training.
In addition, the plan recognises that skills are of little use if those who possess them are not participating in the world of work, so it argues for strategies that make the most of the Island’s human resources by removing barriers to employment such as age discrimination.
As well as helping to create the right conditions for growth when the economic climate is healthy, high-quality education and high levels of skill in the resident workforce minimise the requirement for immigrant workers.
It is generally recognised that academic standards in Island schools are high – but those standards must be maintained