The final report from the Industrial Strategy Council’s Skills Insight project, which looks at the UK skills challenges, has called for “A clear overarching vision for UK skills” and said that “a long-term commitment to delivering it will be necessary to reduce future skills mismatches and incentivise lifelong learning.”
In particular, the report finds that union learning and partnerships with employers can be a significant way to address skills challenges in the workplace.
Community’s General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, was one of the Industrial Strategy Council members overseeing the report.
Roy Rickhuss said:
“The context in which we are now operating increases the urgency with which partners in the skills system need to adapt and respond. It amplifies the need for a clear overarching vision which can guide skills partners to work together and adapt to rapidly changing skill demands.
“Increased engagement of trade unions and employers in the design and implementation of skills provision will be key in driving up participation in job-related training and cultivating a lifelong learning culture. Social partners played a greater, and important role in education and training systems in all of the international case studies that informed this paper.”
The report explores what is needed to tackle the challenges identified in its first Insights paper, ‘UK Skills Mismatch in 2030’, published in October 2019.
The new publication presents evidence on skills challenges facing the UK, focussing on four key areas:
Andy Haldane, Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council said:
“Deficiencies in the UK skills system are long-standing and deep-seated. The recovery from the Covid crisis will be faster and more sustainable if this system can be improved through partnership between workers, employers, training providers and Government.”
The Industrial Strategy Council is an independent non-statutory advisory group set up to develop measures of success for, and assess the progress of, the government’s Industrial Strategy. The Council comprises comprised of 19 leading men and women from business, academia and civil society.Rising to the UK's skills challenges