David Phillips, MD City & Guilds and ILM

With the vaccine rollout continuing and a steady return to normality after an extremely challenging year, we can begin to look to the future with cautious optimism.

However, the pandemic and resultant economic slump has brought huge challenges with it which will need to be addressed, with large scale unemployment being prominent among them.

Reskilling and upskilling the workforce is a top priority 

Reskilling and upskilling the workforce is a top priority, with the pandemic having compounded existing issues regarding many workers lacking sought after skills as the UK and global jobs markets have transformed. For those who are currently out of work and may have been since the start of the pandemic last year, self-funding retraining may not be a viable option.

The government has already acknowledged this issue and taken steps to address it. In the 2020 Spending Review, £2.9 billion was allocated by the chancellor for the Restart Scheme, a retraining initiative which will offer support for jobseekers.

To qualify for the Restart Scheme applicants must have been out of work for between 12 to 18 months and have been receiving Universal Credit during this period. While this ensures that many people who are struggling will benefit from the scheme, it will exclude those who have been in slightly more fortunate circumstances, such as those who have been able to find short term work and therefore earning above the threshold to qualify for Universal Credit, or those who have been on furlough during this period and have thus been on reduced pay and inactive in the workforce. People in these circumstances may not have the means to fund their own retraining so we would like to see the scheme expanded.

The Restart Scheme is a hugely positive step to tackle the skills shortage 

Despite these limitations, the Restart Scheme is a hugely positive step to tackle the skills shortage, and it is important that the Government approach acknowledges the need to tailor retraining opportunities across the regions of England and Wales where the scheme will be in effect.

By requiring bidders to demonstrate how they planned to tailor their offer to meet the demands of the local labour markets, the Government has ensured that the Restart Scheme will deliver valuable retraining to its recipients, reflecting the demands of growth sectors across the UK and helping those individuals into secure, sustainable employment.

By eschewing a “one size fits all” approach to addressing the challenge of reskilling and upskilling the country, the government have positioned Restart to be highly effective, and it will provide a path to employment for many people struggling with long term unemployment.

We are calling on the government to build on this, making the most of the current momentum to expand programmes like Restart to cover more people struggling to obtain secure employment in the wake of the pandemic, and beyond as the impact of Artificial Intelligence continues to radically reshape the skills needs in the workplace.

Government support will also need to include higher-skilled workers who have found themselves displaced 

To be as effective as possible, government support will also need to include higher skilled workers who have found themselves displaced from the labour market and need to transition into new fields as the economic landscape of the UK changes. As we showed in our Building bridges towards future jobs report earlier this year, in many cases, workers possess transferable skills which would allow them to easily migrate into new, higher demand sectors with relatively low levels of financial investment.

Restart is a step in the right direction in addressing the challenges that face individuals as workers, and the economy as a whole, in the approaching post-pandemic landscape.

David Phillips, MD City & Guilds and ILM

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertisers

Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 11 hours 26 minutes ago

RT @FENews: Committed to mental health – University Centre Leeds becomes early adopter of new charter: University Centre Leeds (@UniCentreL…
View Original Tweet

Alicia has published a new article: Teachers: Our Unsung Heroes of 2021 13 hours 36 minutes ago
william bradley commented on The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning with At-Risk Students 16 hours 14 minutes ago

SEL is helpful to both children and adults, increasing self-awareness,...

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page