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 situation in the countries in which they operate and the government policies surrounding them.

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, youth unemployment, overqualified graduates, and skills mismatch, among others.

CIPD viewpoint

What do we mean by skills and why are they important?

The current skills situation in the UK

The nature and key aims of the UK’s skills policy

Key policy developments

References

Useful contacts and further reading

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