Last month’s budget announcement was full of promise with regard to bridging the productivity and skills gap for the UK as Philip Hammond promised extra funding for artificial intelligence, skills and technology. But when it comes to helping young people find their feet in a struggling workforce, this ad-hoc government funding for impressive-sounding technology misses the mark.
Published: 21 December 2017
While there has been an increase in A-level entries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, there is now concern that there is a shortage of teachers across technical subjects. The Department for Education Initial Teacher Training census reports that recruitment targets are not being met, despite employment of teachers being at the core of the British government’s strategy to help fill the void of engineers.
Published: 21 November 2017
In a new white paper published today, Future Cert argues that a double-whammy of factors is taking its toll. Traditional education methods are too theoretical and ignore the knowledge, skills and abilities required by 21st Century employers, they say. At the same time, employers are perpetuating skills shortages by failing to support IT staff with the training and development needed to grow their organisations.
Published: 10 November 2017
If the UK is to maintain its position in the global economy, it’s crucial that we address the skills shortage now. Targeted recruitment may be part of the answer, but it’s only a short term fix. We need to focus on upskilling our current workforce, to give them the competencies needed to thrive not only today but in the coming years.
Published: 21 October 2017
Britain’s STEM skills shortage is easing, with candidates’ appetite for STEM jobs now reaching 90 percent of the number of vacancies. Comment Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at the global job site, Indeed.
Published: 21 September 2017
Increasing levels of gender diversity, widening talent pipelines and improving the wider public image of the sector will help to tackle the ongoing skills shortages plaguing the construction industry. From Paul Payne, Managing Director of One Way.
Published: 7 August 2017
Over five million UK employees are ‘over-educated’ for their jobs - a third more than a decade ago and UK productivity held back as employers fail to make use of employees’ skills. From Joe Dromey, IPPR Senior Research Fellow – IPPR.
Published: 1 August 2017
In April 2017, Willis Towers Watson released its Construction Risk Index, a boardroom view of the industry as seen by 350 senior executives.
Published: 31 July 2017
The CBI released its Education and Skills survey which found that three quarters (75 percent) of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, but 61 percent fear that there will be a lack of sufficiently skilled people to fill them. Contribution from Tom Hadley, REC Director of Policy.
Published: 12 July 2017
The skills gap is costing UK businesses more than £2 billion a year in higher salaries, recruitment costs and temporary staffing, according to research from The Open University. Input from Steve Hill, External Engagement Director at The Open University.
Published: 2 July 2017