Skilling up

How we fill skill shortages after the pandemic

By Torrin Wilkins, 2021. Centre Think Tank ISSN 2634-4696

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.

  • 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.