Some insightful, sobering remarks recently (Telegraph Business 30/09/2021) attributed to Next CEO, Lord Wolfson regarding the UK labour and skills landscape.
Speaking not just of labour shortages impacting on Next’s logistics, he points up that the current skills “crisis” – across several sectors, requires a “demand-led approach to ensure the country has the skills it needs.”
Hard to disagree with?
Almost coincidentally, the Chancellor is reported to have recently expressed his intention to address the need for “providing the support and skills people need to get into work and get on in life”.
Our understanding is that measures he has outlined include extending the Kickstart scheme until the end of March 2022, and the £3,000 new apprentice incentive staying in place until the end of January.
Those just coming off the furlough scheme, and those in receipt of Universal Credit are to be prioritised for 1-2-1 support from JCP. New help for people over 50 will also be provided – giving a more intensive level of tailored support particularly for those who have lost their jobs.
Helping people get the skills they need and to get on with their lives, whether upskilling via apprenticeship programmes for the employed, or pre-employment courses for those seeking work, is what defines Cidori – it drives us to be the best we can, and is why we work in partnership with trusted and respected training/funding providers such as Barnet Southgate College & Axia Solutions.
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