The Government Office for Science looked at how changes in technology and an ageing population affect what skills the UK will need in the future. The project also considered how investment in skills and encouraging lifelong learning can have a positive impact on productivity.
This project provides policy-makers with evidence on the current and future state of skills and lifelong learning in the UK. The evidence base covers the following areas:
the current skills system and how this might change in the future
the growing importance of digital skills training
the critical factors that influence learning across a lifetime
the value of informal learning and how it is recognised
best practice for collecting and sharing information about workers’ skills and the demand for them
the economic return from investing in education
The project identified 5 main issues:
young adults have lower levels of numeracy and literacy in the UK than in other advanced countries
employers report that people leaving education are not work-ready
people with skills frequently do not use these skills
certain regions and sectors have a low supply of and demand for skills, leading to low productivity and slow growth
people are less likely to participate in learning as they age
The project is informed by a number of independent evidence reviews, developed by experts from across academia and industry, and peer reviewed by independent academics. These papers provide analysis of the future issues facing the UK skills system.