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Addressing UK skills gaps with latent talent pools: unemployed youth and mid-career workers at risk of redundancy

A session hosted by Michael Houlihan
CEO, Generation UK

Discussion points: o Landscape of UK unemployment & social mobility o UK skills gaps, and the view from employers - Technology - Health & care - Retail - Hospitality o Case studies: effective programmes we’ve seen across the sectors o Generation: - Global education to employment provider - Lessons learned from supporting 36,000 people to date - Reacting to COVID: new challenges, new opportunities

Key takeaways o Large and growing need to support disconnected groups in the UK o Employers also have acute skills gaps which hold them back o Likely to be even larger needs for NHS & Care sector over next 1-2 years o How to bridge the gap - There’s a growing evidence base around bootcamp-style programmes - Intensive training programmes focussed on specific skills - Viable and scalable commercial models - Now receiving support from government, and industry to ‘kick-start’ o Spotlight on a number of providers that are making important contributions to the UK's social immobility problem, whilst also addressing national skills gaps


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