Technology is forcing our industries to evolve at a rapid pace; from retail to finance and manufacturing, 44% of UK business leaders admit their businesses will not exist in their current form in five years. While technology has allowed us to explore new avenues of growth and carried businesses through journeys of transformation they could have never anticipated, we’re all too aware of the gap in skilled individuals that are available to cater to these new needs.
Aside from the concern of what a skills gap in the UK means for our own economic prospects, it begs concern for the next generation of school leavers who are at risk of being ill equipped for the industries they’ll soon find themselves competing to enter. With students of this generation growing up as digital natives, there’s an incredible opportunity for industries to tap into new ways of thinking, working and innovating that at once would equip schools leavers for the digital future they’ll soon be leading.
Last month we saw Theresa May announce her new proactive industrial strategy in which she signalled her willingness to work in partnership with the private sector to build digital skills. In order to really tackle the skills gap, there needs to be a similar commitment from the industries that suffer from a lack of relevant skills. Creating apprenticeship schemes is a brilliant way to provide a like for like benefit to the next generation of schools leavers, and the benefits are endless.