Employability matters. Possessing and developing the skills necessary to enter employment, perform work tasks well and progress at work is critically important. It is essential for individuals if they are to improve their life chances, capabilities and livelihood. And it is vital to ensuring that the UK develops to secure its place as a world-class modern economy, based on the high calibre skills and knowledge of its workforce. Successfully developing better skills, knowledge and capabilities for all types of work means we must base vocational and occupationally-specific learning on strong foundations of literacy, numeracy and spoken communication.