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75% of Firms Expect Increase of High-Skilled Roles in Coming Years
August 8, 2018
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Nation’s prosperity relies on more people of all ages going to university, educating more people at university could bring significant benefits to our economy, according to a new report published today [6 Aug] by Universities UK. The report, ‘Solving future skills challenges highlights the need for continual skill upgrading, lifelong learning and study of higher education qualifications at all levels.

The onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology – and challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating rising demand for those with higher level skills, which include qualifications at level 4 and 5 (such as HNCs, HNDs, and Foundation Degrees), level 6 (bachelor degrees) and level 7 and 8 (postgraduate and research degrees)

John Cope, CBI Head of Education and Skills, said:

“UUK is right to highlight the growing need for higher level education, training, and skills, as well as the importance of lifelong learning. CBI research has found that three quarters of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, and many have concerns about skills shortages.

“Better information and careers guidance for people – alongside greater numbers of flexible learning opportunities – is vital to help people choose the best route for them to higher level skills, whether that’s at a university, college, or learning on the job through a degree apprenticeship.”


Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK
, said there is significant evidence of the need to increase student numbers:

“There is rising employer demand for the broad skills developed at university across a wide range of subjects and levels. The UK economy and society needs more graduates. Educating more people of all ages at university would grow our economy faster, by increasing productivity, competitiveness, and innovation.

“The analytical and learning skills developed at university help people adapt in the rapidly changing jobs market. To meet future challenges, the government should develop new policies to make part-time study more appealing, upskilling easier and encourage lifelong learning among our ageing population.” Read more

CBI Launches the 2018 Education and Skills Survey
August 6, 2018
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CBI’s annual pulse-check on what business thinks about the education and skills.

CBI launches the 2018 Education and Skills Survey

People and skills are at the heart of our economic prosperity. With a good education and the right skills, everyone has the best chance to get a job and get on in their career.

The Education and Skills survey is the CBI’s annual pulse-check on what business thinks about education and skills. It aims to find out more about the current and anticipated skills needs, what business really thinks the priorities should be in schools, apprenticeships, technical education reform, retraining – and much more.

The findings will shape the CBI’s future policy recommendations to ensure UK businesses have the skills required to flourish over the coming decades.

Take part in the 2018 Education and Skills Survey

Better understanding of what business thinks on education is more vital than ever. The next ten years the way we live, and work will rapidly change due to technological developments, globalisation, the impact of Artificial Intelligence, automation and other factors. This will bring exciting opportunities, but also present challenges for the next generation that will need to be addressed. The survey gathers the evidence needed to develop the policies and reforms that need to take place now and in the coming years. Read more

CBI Survey on Apprenticeships
December 19, 2016
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According to a survey conducted by the CBI and Pertemps UK, only 30 per cent of companies expect to create new apprenticeship positions next year.

Only 30 per cent of companies who took part in the survey, while 4 per cent expect lower recruitment levels, despite the new system being introduced in April.

Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, said: “It’s welcome news to see that a quarter of firms are planning to up their apprenticeship numbers. But this alone will not address Britain’s skills gaps. I’m not at all surprised to see the CBI/ Pertemps find that businesses are concerned about this. Home-grown skills are crucial to the economy and to enabling Britain to grow. The focus must be on helping people develop across all sectors and at different levels.”

To read the article in full Click Here

2016 CBI Skills Survey
November 23, 2016
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As the CBI meets this week, it is worth reviewing some of the findings of their 9th Skills Survey of members. It highlights that:

  • The overwhelming majority of employers across the UK believe the quality of careers advice for young people is not good enough 

It also highlighted that:

  • Three quarters of businesses (75%) report that they are willing to play a greater role in supporting careers provision in schools and colleges, most commonly by working with individual schools or colleges (71%)
  • More than three quarters of businesses (77%) expect to have more job openings for people with higher-level skills over the coming years while just 3% expect to have fewer
  • The proportion of businesses not confident there will be enough people available in the future with the skills to fill their high-skilled jobs has reached a new high (69%)
  • Businesses see apprenticeships as a valuable route to developing and upskilling their workforces. Involvement in apprenticeship programmes is already widespread (71%), with further respondents (16%) indicating plans to create a programme in the next three years
  • By far the most important factor employers weigh up when recruiting school and college leavers is their attitude to work (89%) followed by their aptitude for work (66%); these rank well ahead of formal qualifications (23%)
  • For the 14-19 age group, employers believe a top priority for schools and colleges should be developing awareness of working life with support from businesses (42%) as well as improving the quality of careers advice (42%)

To review the full report Click Here

Apprenticeship Levy CBI Briefing Paper
August 25, 2016
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In his Summer Budget, the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new levy on all large UK employers to fund apprenticeships. The levy, which is likely to come into force in 2017/18, underpins the government’s apprenticeship reform programme. The government is committed to delivering 3 million apprenticeships in this Parliament – a 35% increase over the 2.2 million apprenticeships delivered in the last Parliament. The levy is intended to provide the funding and incentives to help deliver this commitment.

The CBI have produced this briefing paper for employers Click Here to Read More

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