Close the gap: a roadmap for technical and vocational skills

A new report recently published in partnership with City & Guilds and the NCON Group highlights the need to prioritise upskilling some four million of our current UK workforce to meet the economy's growing skills demands.

The report, 'Close the Gap', proposes a roadmap for a cohesive and integrated technical and vocational education skills system (TVET) that builds on some of the new policy around technical education and skills introduced over the last few years.

It calls on the government to rapidly prioritise Level 2 provision and to fully fund apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3. UK workers with no or low qualifications and limited skills will have significantly fewer jobs as technology impacts on certain sectors.

The report also predicts a ‘missing middle’ over the next five to 10 years in associate professional, and scientific and technical jobs particularly at Levels 4 and 5. Investing in the existing workforce is therefore crucial considering the cohort of young people coming through the formal education system only represents around 2.1% of the workforce.

To read the 10-page 'Close the  Gap' summary or the full report, click on the pdfs above right.