Mind the gap – How we’re helping to reduce the UK skills shortage
The UK Commission’s latest Employer Skills Survey has found that businesses are still facing significan’t challenges in recruiting people with the right skills. Around 146,000 hard-to-fill vacancies currently exist in the UK, a figure that has risen by almost 60 per cent since 2011.
With the UK on the road to economic recovery, it’s vital that we invest in the future of British business and industry, by ensuring that our young people are qualified and ready to take on the roles we’ll need in the future.
At Bucks UTC, we’re focused on providing students with the skills that employers are looking for and that’s why we’ve worked closely with our partners to develop a curriculum that teaches students what they need to know. By combining practical and academic studies, we offer a high-quality education that can lead to employment, apprenticeships or further study.
In our first term, students have already taken part in a range of workshops and visited trade shows, which have helped to bring their specialisms to life. Our IT students have been learning to code with McAfee and exploring geographic information systems with Esri UK, while Taylor Wimpey has provided our construction students with a live building site to work on. The Churches Conservation Trust has also identified a heritage site where students can practice their new-found specialist skills.
We’re very excited about the future, both for the UTC and our students. With some top-class skills and a strong work ethic, we believe our first and future cohorts of Bucks UTC graduates will go on to fill these significan’t gaps in the UK workforce.