NCUB has submitted evidence into the Public Accounts Committee inquiry ‘Developing workforce skills for a strong economy’.  The committee called for evidence on the performance of workforce skills policy ahead of questioning Department of Education (DfE) officials, after a National Audit Office review reported that “despite government’s greater activity and good intent, its approach may be no more successful than previous attempts to provide the country with the skills it needs.”

NCUB’s submission details the extent of the UK’s workforce-skills gap, presenting vacancies data and the fast-evolving skills needs of employers. It recommends levers to reduce this gap, including upskilling the current workforce, training the next generation for future workplace needs, broadening the pool of talent within the skills workforce, and leveraging university-business collaboration to tailor technical skills education and to mobilise innovation skills and knowledge between sectors.