It was trite, superficial and glib. As if millions of workers haven't been continually trying to acquire new skills and qualifications for 30 years. Merely retooling the workforce doesn't do anything to reverse the proliferation of low-paid and precarious employment - for one thing, 22% of UK jobs only require primary-level education
compared to 5% in Germany. It's symptomatic of the Labour right approach to everything, though. Just find the right technocratic fix - a tweak here and a fiddle there and everything will sort itself out, so you don't need to bother bringing about any serious shift of wealth and power.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.