UK digital skills policy

Blog posts about the UK’s digital skills policy.

Opinion: Is Kickstart a square peg in the skills gap hole?

It’s a nearly a year now since the launch of the Kickstart job-creation scheme, the Chancellor’s £2-billion initiative to fund salaries for young people aged 16-24 for 6 months. Should it be renewed at the end of this year? Or are there better ways to incentivise employers to hire young workers who want work experience? …

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Solving the digital skills paradox – recovery in 2021 and beyond

Plugging the digital skills gap is a top priority for the UK government. But pinning down exactly what skills are most in demand, or will be in the near future, is not straightforward.  Roxanne Morison, Head of Digital Policy at the CBI, cited in a recent Microsoft-sponsored report, highlights the UK’s challenge of “a long tail of low …

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Kickstarting talent – can Chancellor’s plan speed recovery?

When the Chancellor announced his Plan for Jobs earlier this month, he was applauded for his bold measures to avert mass unemployment, particularly among the young. Launching the package of multiple initiatives, Mr Sumak acknowledged that simply extending the furlough scheme would give some people “false hope” that they could return to their previous roles. …

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