Future Skills

By helping people re-skill to meet the demands of the rapidly changing global economy, we can unlock people’s potential, accelerate economic growth and increase prosperity.

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Productivity in the UK has flatlined in the last decade

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Of the G7 countries, only Japan and Canada have lower productivity than the UK

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More than 80% of employers think a lack of skills is damaging the UK’s competitiveness

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The world of work is changing fast: by 2030, more than third of the jobs we do today could be automated…

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…and 20% of the workforce are likely to be under-skilled

Bridges invests in solutions that help people to up-skill and/or re-skill, enabling them to fulfil their potential and participate in the workforce of the future.

Improving basic skills and resilience in young people

Less than half the working age population in England has the numeracy level expected of primary school children, and around half lack the digital skills needed at work. We can help more young people achieve their potential by ensuring they have both the skills and the resilience they need to thrive in an ever-changing job market.

Boosting youth employment and apprenticeships

A period of unemployment can have negative long-term outcomes, including subsequent unemployment and even poorer health. With youth unemployment likely to rise again in the wake of Covid-19 (see left) – and given the existing skills gap – it’s important to back programmes that help young people access employment, apprenticeships and training.

Facilitating in-work training

A vital part of up-skilling the workforce is for companies to invest in developing the skills of their own staff, so they are better-equipped to meet the evolving market need. And employers who are committed to staff development usually find it easier to attract, engage and retain high-quality people.

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