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Skills mismatch report attended by Community

Community
Community
24th October 2019

“Working together, we can support more people to learn and help shift the mindsets of the population on skills and training…”

Today Community’s General Secretary Roy Rickhuss spoke at the launch of an Industrial Strategy Council report on the projected decline in skilled workers over the next 10 years.

The report, called UK Skills Mismatch 2030, provides worrying predictions for the future of the UK economy, predicting that 20% of the UK workforce would be classed as ‘under-skilled’ by 2030.

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Roy (left) speaking during the panel discussion on skills

Speaking after the launch of the report, Roy said “The Industrial Strategy White Paper set out in 2017 identify a number of policies targeting the areas where skills mismatches occur, however they do not look to be sufficient in scale to address the gaps that our analysis predicts.

“With employees’ participation in training remaining stagnant at best in recent times, it is no surprise workers are even more likely to be over-skilled or under-skilled by 2030.

“Businesses have a social responsibility to up-skill individuals and they should be leading the way in this field. Through government, unions and businesses working together, we can support more people to learn and help shift the mindsets of the population on skills and training.”

You can read the UK Skills Mismatch 2030 report here.

This year, delegates at Community’s Biennial Conference voted overwhelmingly to pursue a priority campaign around skills, over the next two years we will be working across the country with workers, employers and government to ensure that skills is top of the agenda.

The Industrial Strategy Council is made up of Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society.

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