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Skilling up

This paper shows how the UK could implement a new scheme to support small businesses and workers whilst also filling skill shortages.

A white cover with two people in a yellow and a green room. In the green room is a person with short hair on a laptop with two plants next to him. The person in the yellow room is sitting on a purple chair with a dog next to them. The paper says "Skilling up: How we fill skill shortages after the pandemic. Briefing paper. By Torrin Wilkins, March 11th 2022. Centre Think Tank ISSN 2634-4696".

Skilling up: How we fill skill shortages after the pandemic.

The UK is currently experiencing a skills shortage. We have seen thousands of new jobs but a workforce that isn’t qualified to do those jobs. This scheme would be a grant and training specifically targeted at those who missed out on support during the pandemic. It could be used specifically to retrain people for areas such as lorry driving which desperately needs more people to be trained to reduce the current shortage.

Quick summary

  • This plan sets out how we give workers the skills they need to either retrain or to expand their existing skill set. This will help employees to either fill vacant jobs or to expand their current job.
  • It will also target those who need financial support after the pandemic. Those that couldn’t access the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme because of the £50,000 cap would be included.
  • This would require the Chancellor to put in place a new scheme to help people to expand their skill set.
  • With the economy slowly reopening such an investment in small businesses and individuals would help to boost the recovery. Not only for businesses but also in terms of increasing tax revenue.


Torrin Wilkins

Director and Founder

Torrin founded Centre in 2020. In the role has written numerous papers including one backed by the Gaps in Support APPG which contained 260 MPs. He has also written policies for political parties and appeared on a wide range of media including TV and radio. He has a Political Studies degree from Aberystwyth University.