Upskilling the workplace
The government’s Digital Capabilities in SMEs report calls for measures to “[embed] digital learning throughout the education system” as a long-term solution, but acknowledges the “clear need to enhance digital capabilities in the shorter term.”
The government has introduced a broad range of measures to push apprenticeships as a means to fill the skills gap, and indeed has introduced a scheme to raise awareness at primary school level to address the country’s skills requirements in both the short and the long-term.
MP Nadhim Zahawi, apprenticeship adviser to David Cameron, has introduced a programme at the Mayflower Primary School in partnership with the charity Primary Futures to improve the information on apprenticeships available in schools, helping children to see the links between their lessons and their futures, and also reduce gender specific stereotyping.
Zahawi says: “It’s so important for primary school children to meet with apprentices and I was delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with this. Many of us develop our idea of a dream job while we’re at primary school, and apprenticeships are a great way of achieving these dreams.
“As the government seeks to hit the target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, school pupils should be aware of future options they have from a young age, so they’re familiar with the system and what the possibilities are as they shape their future.”
In the next installment, we take a look at apprenticeships in the news...