The Employment & Skills Leadership Team drives the over-arching strategy for the employment and skills issue across BITC, and has to date lead a priority work stream focused on young people.
Attracting, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a key challenge for every business. A recent survey of our members found that the top employment challenges for business include finding skilled candidates, increasing diversity, finding future talent and retaining staff. More widely, the UK’s labour market is rapidly changing:
- Employment is at a record high with more and more people finding work – but having a job no longer provides the security it should, with 1 in 8 UK workers living in poverty.
- The 1.4 million people who remain unemployed are likely to be those furthest from the jobs market who face significant challenges and disadvantage.
- With technological advances and automation, many traditional jobs will no longer exist and transferrable skillsets will be essential for employees to take up new roles.
To address some of these issues the Leadership Team has two core work streams:
- Future skills and good work - looking at how the changing nature of work is impacting on employment and making sure that jobs are of good quality.
- Employment for excluded groups – looking at recruitment barriers for different groups, such as ex-offenders, young people, refugees and survivors of modern slavery, and bringing together common learnings.
For more information about the work of this Leadership Team contact Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director, Employment & Skills