In among last week’s flurry of policy announcements from the Department for Education there was the very important – and welcome – Skills for jobs white paper.
These announcements form part of a major skills reform programme, representing a huge opportunity for the skills sector to work with employers to meet demand and drive opportunity and growth.
It may seem challenging, in the current lockdown and with indications of a double dip recession, to think about the future economic recovery, but it essential that we put in place the skills buildings blocks needed to support future growth. The past year has placed considerable pressure on the skills of people in the existing workforce as well as on the future skills needs of the economy. Meanwhile, there is a pressing need to reduce unemployment. So, how much does the skills white paper ensure that the skills sector can respond to these challenges? The white paper provides many proposals which build upon the prime minister’s keynote skills speech last September, including:
It is so important to continue to explain the role of universities in the technical skills agenda
Considering the actual situation where there's a risk of losing your job, I believe the government should get involved by offering incentives to the companies to keep their employees.