Organisations play a key role in increasing the skill levels of the workforce which, alongside other factors, can help to improve productivity and economic prosperity. To ensure sustainable and effective talent and succession planning, organisations need to understand their current and future business needs, but also remain aware of the wider skills context and policy environment in the countries in which they operate.

This factsheet examines the nature and key aims of the UK's skills policy and explores the current skills situation in the UK, covering issues surrounding low productivity, including the provision of careers advice, the graduate labour market, and skills mismatch, among others.

This factsheet was last updated by Elizabeth Crowley.

Elizabeth Crowley

Elizabeth Crowley: Skills Adviser

Elizabeth has recently joined the CIPD as a Policy Adviser. Elizabeth is a policy and research professional with over 13 years’ experience in the employment and skills arena, having worked with both the public and private sector to develop high-quality research to inform organisational practice, public policy and shape the public debate.

Prior to joining the CIPD Elizabeth led The Work Foundation's research and policy development on the youth labour market – and has published a number of influential reports on youth unemployment. She has regularly appeared on national and regional TV and radio, including BBC Breakfast, BBC the One Show, the Today Programme and Channel 4 news. Elizabeth graduated in Sociology and has a master's degree in Social Science Research Methods, both from the University of Glasgow.

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