UK workers not learning enough new skills

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​The CIPD has said that many of those who have lost their job due to the pandemic have been left without the necessary skills to secure a new one.

UK employees don’t think they learn enough new skills at work and say learning courses on offer lack engagement.

A new survey conducted by performance analysts Yonder Consulting found that 46% of employees believe their employer isn’t giving them new skills.

Two in five respondents also said the skills that are taught in courses offered to them by their employers do not add value to their daily working lives.

CEO and founder of media tech company BoxMedia Clare Munn said that learning is the passport to the future.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not just be those who cannot read or write, but also those who cannot learn essential skills. This will only become more apparent as we reflect on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the workforce,” said Munn.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March, 673,000 workers have left company payrolls and nearly 500,000 redundancies have been planned.


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The CIPD also believes that the results of Yonder Consulting’s survey show that learning in the workplace is being neglected.

Lizzie Crowley, skills policy adviser at the CIPD, said: “Learning and upskilling at work continues to be neglected. This underinvestment in the skills and capabilities of our workforce will only worsen the plight of those left jobless as a result of the pandemic.”

Speaking to HR magazine, Munn said: “HR departments can play a vital role in driving this forward by championing learning in the workplace that brings both the left and right brains together to provide a suite of essential skills like STEM, communication intelligence, understanding bias, mental health and data analytics.”

“Putting relatable courses such as these front-and-centre will ensure all employees are prepared to be part of the workforce of the future," she added.

Yonder Consulting polled 2,000 UK adults aged 18 and over between 2 and 4 October this year.

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