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Priorities

Priority A - Skills for business

For business, the education system is of critical importance in providing the appropriate education and skills for business and life through the ability in basic literacy and numeracy for the individual’s level of responsibility, and an understanding and practice of the necessary attitudes and disciplines, together with a strong sense of moral and ethical responsibility in their behaviour.

Priority B - Transition from education to the world of work

Businesses and community enterprises must be encouraged to contribute to supporting the important transition from education to work by creating and using apprenticeships and community enterprise activity.

Priority C - Mutual understanding of the world of business

There should be an improved understanding of the needs and operation of successful enterprises by Assembly members, officials and education establishments. It is suggested that this can be brought about by introducing regular visits by members and officials to enterprises of all sizes in their area of responsibility. This would be both useful information and enable them to keep informed of the latest situation in a fast changing and highly competitive world.

Priority D - Business engagement in education

Similarly, ensuring a proportion of business representatives on boards of schools and colleges would help to keep these abreast of changing needs and conditions in the business world. All these would improve the understanding of risk; the operation of competition, particularly from overseas; the difficulties of cash flow and the need for the availability of capital for growth. Clearly all these are vital for the successful operation of any enterprise and consequently for the future prosperity of Wales, so need to be fully understood by the legislators and implementers of policy.

Christian Context

In Britain over the past 200 years Christians have been at the forefront of the development of education, viewing the opportunity to develop skills and talents to their full extent as an indication of the value of each person in the eyes of God. In business Christians have sought to promote a strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability, as well as concern for the well-being of others.

The Bible highlights the importance of purposeful work, whether paid or unpaid, for all as a means to promote human dignity and well-being. As made clear in the early chapters of the Book of Genesis, God’s original intention was that humankind would share in his creativity and stewardship of the material world. New Testament teaching reinforces the importance of work (2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, 1 Timothy 5:8).

Private and social sector businesses play a key role in providing paid gainful employment for large numbers of people. Mutual understanding of and respect for others is a key Christian virtue (1 Corinthians 12:12-20). This has several practical dimensions for the relationship between business, government and wider society in Wales.

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