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Without digital skills businesses are ‘driving with the handbrake on’

by Cass Donovan
22nd Jun 23 3:30 pm

The government’s Business Connect – Skills for Growth conference took place this afternoon, hosting some of the biggest British and international companies to discuss how the UK can create a workforce fit for the future and address the urgent recruitment needs of businesses.

At the event, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said, “I know from my years in business that organisations drive innovation and create opportunities, but without skilled workers, it often feels like you’re driving with the handbrake on. The Government is investing in building future skills for growth and calling on businesses to work with us, so that together we can build the workforce of tomorrow.”

Alexia Pedersen, VP of EMEA at O’Reilly said, “As the demand for jobs increases, so will the need for digital skills in order to meet the growing demand. However, our research shows that demand for digitally skilled workers in the UK is outgrowing the level of digital skills available.

“To minimise the growing skills gap, organisations must invest in creating a highly skilled workforce to meet the growing availability of staff. At the same time, employees should prioritise L&D to make themselves an invaluable asset to their company – proactively identifying training opportunities with a quality L&D partner, particularly one that aligns with their unique learning style and objectives.

“While there is no cookie-cutter approach to upskilling, individuals should be granted access to a range of learning opportunities as part of a defined path of individual development and wider organisational culture of personal development.”

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