Which key skills shortage is the UK workforce still lacking?

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AUTHOR: Grace Williams
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Digital skills will be vital for companies in our post-covid world. Employers say the demand for digital skills is rising, and employees showing proficiency will be more attractive to food & drink companies post-covid.

The Guardian says, ‘Employers fear growing mismatch between rising demand for skills and falling supply of trained recruits’. 

The Learning & Work Institute’s research reveals that 70% of young people expect employers to invest in teaching them digital skills on the job, but only half of the employers surveyed in the study are able to provide that training. This inbalance could cause an disastrous ‘gap’ meaning the UK’s economy may not be able to grow as quickly as it needs to after Covid. 

Even the UK’s biggest tech companies, Google and Microsoft have urged government ministers to improve digital skills training which they say is costing the economy billions. The skills shortage is dangerous, they say.

A study by the Learning and Work Institute (LWI) found less than 50% of UK employers believed new entrants to the workforce were arriving with the necessary advanced digital skillset, the Guardian said. 

The report also noted a gender gap in digital skills as women made up only 22% of GCSE IT takers.

The LWI found that 60% of businesses believed their reliance on advanced digital skills would increase over the next five years.

As we move into an increasingly digital world, every indsutry, including the food & drink industry is having to adapt. To pioneer in this new space, companies will be looking for young people with tech skills as an assett to their business. 

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Sources:

The Guardian

BBC

FT

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