#1. More action needed on the UK skills gap
The picture of the skills gap in the UK looks bleak, as summarised in this article. Two-thirds of employers in the UK have struggled to find skilled workers in the past year, and Brexit is likely to make talent scarcer. Meanwhile, funding for adult learning and apprenticeships has fallen, in real terms, since 2010 and just a quarter of UK workers have undergone upskilling or reskilling in the past two years. The article points to some measures that aim to fix the problem, such as the National Retraining Scheme, but there is clearly much to be done.
💡 Governments and businesses must work together to bridge the skills gap. It’s a win-win: companies will have the workforce they need, and governments will save money by reducing unemployment.