How can the UK overcome a national skills shortage? Think local

Universities must join forces with employers in their regions to produce graduates who meet the changing needs of industry

Does the UK’s chronic skills shortage mean we are fated to become an also-ran in the global economic race? Three recent reports suggest this is a worryingly real prospect.

We are not producing enough young people with the skills to meet the needs of UK employers, the research finds, and the skills they do have are well below the levels of our international competitors. If that were not enough, even those with advanced skills may soon be made redundant by the influx of smart machines into our workplaces.

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Universities must join forces with employers in their regions to produce graduates who meet the changing needs of industry

Does the UK’s chronic skills shortage mean we are fated to become an also-ran in the global economic race? Three recent reports suggest this is a worryingly real prospect.

We are not producing enough young people with the skills to meet the needs of UK employers, the research finds, and the skills they do have are well below the levels of our international competitors. If that were not enough, even those with advanced skills may soon be made redundant by the influx of smart machines into our workplaces.

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