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Upskilling and Reskilling in UK – Government’s landmark programme : Lifetime Skills Guarantee

In September 2020, the UK government announced a Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which aims to transform the training and skills system to ensure more people can gain sought-after skills and improve their career prospects. We’ve put together this Lifetime Skills Guarantee FAQ to help you get the funded training you may be eligible for under this … Continue reading

Youth Transition from Education into Employment in UK – Essential skills and their critical importance and the emergence of the Skills Builder Universal Framework

The transition of young people from education into employment between the ages of 16 and 25 is always a challenging one. The pandemic has once again had a disproportionate impact on young people – both through disruption to education, and the oversized damage to the retail and hospitality industries that often act as a critical … Continue reading

Work After Lockdown in UK – Working from home under lockdown has disrupted norms

The Work After Lockdown project explores how crisis-driven working from home activates wider change in how people want to work and how organisations respond. Working from home under lockdown has disrupted norms and thinking around the need for office presence. People have adapted quickly and worked well from home. Productivity is good. At the same … Continue reading

‘Work & Skills’ for the Long-Term Unemployed in UK – Between 1 to 1.6 million people who have been out of work for 12 months or more

A new ‘Work & Skills’ initiative is needed for people who are long-term unemployed. Next year there could be between 1 to 1.6 million people who have been out of work for 12 months or more. This could be the highest since the 1980s and will have drastic implications for families and whole communities across … Continue reading

Over 50s and Jobs in UK – Much of the existing research is narrow and lacks high-quality data and analysis

This review looks at the evidence around active labour market policies aimed at tackling the challenges of worklessness amongst those aged 50 and over. Recent employment rates for the 50-64 age group have hit a record high. However, in general, people aged 50 and above continue to face greater difficulty in accessing work-related training and … Continue reading

Covid and Older Workers in UK – Age not seen as a priority diversity issue by the employers

Although the proportion of people aged 50 and over in the workforce has steadily increased over the past three decades, many older workers are not able to find the fulling work that they desire. When seeking a new role, age discrimination may be a significant barrier for older workers, as age is the least scrutinised … Continue reading

Lifelong Learning Revolution in UK – House of Commons’ Education Committee recommends an Individual Learning Account

35.Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the effects of an ageing population, automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution were already starting to significantly shake up jobs and skills. The growth of new sectors, such as green energy, will spur demand for new skills, making it vital for adults to be able to reskill and upskill … Continue reading

Race Inequality in the Workforce in UK – 11 recommendations for government and employers

The effect of Covid-19 on the labour market has impacted specific groups of workers more than others, including those with an ethnic minority background. The report makes 11 recommendations for government and employers to ensure both that job quality is protected for all and that groups at particular risk are safeguarded. 1 A multi-year jobs … Continue reading

Firm Investments in Skills in UK – EU Referendum and the Financial Crisis made firms less likely to increase expenditure on worker training

Investments in both human and physical capital are key drivers of economic growth and productivity gains. The United Kingdom has had a turbulent recent history, being strongly affected by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and more recently voting to leave the European Union, its largest trading partner. We use firm-level survey data for the … Continue reading

Covid and Self-Employed in UK – 58 per cent reporting having less work than usual in August

Six months after Covid-19 first hit, it is clear that it is the greatest economic crisis of the modern age. The economy has contracted far more rapidly than in previous crises, with GDP dropping by a record 19.5 per cent in April, and despite four subsequent consecutive monthly increases since then, remaining 9.2 per cent … Continue reading

Learning through Lockdown in UK – 22 million people or 43%, but participation varied enormously across different groups

The 2020 Adult Participation in Learning Survey explores people’s experiences of learning since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown introduced on 23 March 2020. This includes why people chose to learn through lockdown, how they learnt, the barriers they experienced, and their intentions to continue learning in the future. The survey … Continue reading

Covid and Jobs in UK – 9 per cent of those previously furloughed had lost their jobs

This report presents new evidence on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on workers. It uses the results of a new survey of 6,000 working-age adults to highlight which groups have struggled the most as the crisis has evolved, who is at risk as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is replaced by the Job Support … Continue reading

Covid, Work and Automation in UK – Industries with the highest level of furlough take-up are considerably more likely to be at risk

Covid-19 looks likely to create ‘a tsunami of job losses’. There are also signs the pandemic could rapidly accelerate the pace of technological change. This report explores how these forces could interact to fundamentally reshape the labour market. We set out a risk register that combines an analysis of the impacts of the pandemic on … Continue reading

Covid and Healthcare Sector in UK – Increasing recruitment over the next 6 months and frozen training activities

The pressure of working in the healthcare sector during the pandemic has led to many staff retiring or resigning. Several professionals have become ill themselves which has resulted in long-term sick leave and in some cases death. This has meant that roles have become vacant and skills gaps have occurred. As a result, nearly half … Continue reading

Covid and Long-Term Unemployment in UK – Eight design intervention principles

Long-term unemployment could hit 1.6 million in 2021-22 – a 600% increase and the highest since 1994. These are our estimates, based on Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) scenarios for total unemployment. People become long-term unemployed when they have been out of work for 12 months and it scars individuals, families, and communities for years … Continue reading

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