Universities UK launch ‘Solving Future Skills Challenges’ report

06 August 2018

On Monday 6 August 2018, Universities UK (UUK) published their Solving Future Skills Challenges report. The report identifies increasing demand for higher level skills across a range of subjects and for these to be at a range of levels, from sub-degree to post graduate. The report also identifies a likely skills gap for higher level skills in the future, made worse by the UK’s aging population. The report calls for solutions that allow for an increased need for investment in flexible lifelong learning.

The report recognises the important role played by University Careers Services in supporting the development of skills, and universities commitment not only in supporting learners in finding their first job, but in equipping them to flourish and develop throughout their careers. The report notes that universities are extending the support offered to students after they graduate, with careers services increasing the length of time that alumni can access their services after graduation.

The report notes the importance put on transferable skills by employers which universities provide through the mode of delivery of teaching, the wider university experience and additional modules, acknowledging the role played by careers services in this.

A key recommendation for the review of post-18 education and funding was to encourage and embed stronger partnerships between education and employers. The report recognises that careers services are playing a leading role in developing links with employers and supporting work experience opportunities.

Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, said:

AGCAS welcomes UUK’s Solving Future Skills Challenges report which contributes to the discussion of future skills needs in the UK. AGCAS members within university careers services, working with colleagues in their institutions, support their students in developing the skills and attributes which will enable them to adapt to careers that might not exist yet.


Solving Future Skills Challenges, UUK

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