Showcasing report: Building Future Talent, Together

Showcasing report: Building Future Talent, Together

Building Future talent webBuilding future talent, together is the latest in the National Centre for Universities and Business’ (NCUB) quarterly showcasing series. Each quarter we will focus on a different theme under which we will celebrate and share the best of NCUB member collaborations.

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive of the NCUB: “Covid-19 has revealed many underlying socio-economic issues, including the changing nature of work. There is a clear need for the country’s workforce to adapt to a new world of work. For the UK to succeed in the industries with long-term potential and to boost productivity, we need a highly skilled and resilient workforce.

We have seen a greater demand for higher level skills, as well as critical soft skills. The Employer Skills Survey 2017 stated that a third of vacancies in the UK were considered hard to fill. Automation has been fundamentally changing skills needs for many years and has driven demand for higher level skills. In 2019/20, employers reported 309,000 vacancies in 169 different professional occupations and reported that they were unable to fill these because applicants did not have the required skills.

Partnerships between businesses and universities have been and will continue to play a crucial part in delivering the highly skilled workforce we need. Universities and businesses have together created a range of varied and pioneering collaborations across the UK, which have seen alternative pathways and opportunities for people to develop relevant and valuable higher-level skills. Collaborative programmes to help reskill employees and prepare young people for the world of work, as well as the introduction of collaborative Master’s programmes, are instrumental in helping to plug skills gaps and building the future talent that employers need.

In this booklet, NCUB has collated ten collaboration case studies from across the UK. These case studies demonstrate the amazing collaborative work that UK universities and businesses are involved in to build the talented workforce our economy needs.”

Read Building Future Talent, Together pdf here (6.25 MB) .

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