Ensuring effective skills development
Keeping pace with an evolving world of work requires up-to-date knowledge of changing demands for skills. Government and business need to join forces to provide employees with the skills and qualifications they need to thrive throughout their working lives.
This year the CIPD, alongside a number of partners, formed a new Essential Skills Task Force in England. The group is working to define a skills framework for the core and transferable skills that almost all jobs need. The framework will create a common vocabulary between education and employers, supporting the recruitment process through a better understanding of candidates' skills and abilities. The framework is being tested by a number of prominent employers, and we'll continue to work with government and key stakeholders to encourage its uptake. We also hope to link up with similar initiatives in Scotland and Wales.
The skills landscape
We also assessed the current skills landscape in the UK. In October 2018 our report, Over-skilled and Underused: Investigating the untapped potential of UK skills, highlighted the degree to which UK employees are in job roles they are either under- or over-skilled for. Alongside the main report, a practical guide for people professionals detailed just how organisations can counter skills mismatches.
The apprenticeship system
In March 2019, we supported a National Audit Office report which questioned the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the UK Government’s apprenticeship programme. We added our voice to the growing number of organisations in favour of reforming the apprenticeship levy and called on the Government to take action.
In July 2019, our report, Addressing Employer Underinvestment in Training: The case for a broader training levy, will highlight the broader problems with the levy and our proposed solutions to these.
Looking ahead to T-Levels
We also published research on the new government study programme set to be introduced in 2020: T-Levels. We looked at just how ready employers are to accommodate these new vocational qualifications, and how effective they think they’ll be. Worryingly, our findings revealed 60% of employers hadn’t heard about the new qualifications, and only 26% believed that it was feasible to expect businesses to provide minimum work experience placements of 45 days.
The report secured coverage in the Financial Times, as well as other national papers.