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Trade body responds to Sunak’s additional skills funding

by jcp gbaf

4 October 2021

Following the announcement today from Rishi Sunak that the Government is “throwing the kitchen sink” at helping unemployed Britons through a £500 million expansion of job support, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has warned that this investment alone won’t solve the UK’s skills crisis.

Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel and Head of Public Policy at APSCo commented:

“While the additional funds are a welcome move, our concern is that these initiatives need to have the appropriate financial support, backing and processes that are required to make them wholly successful. The Kickstart Scheme, for example, received a wealth of interest initially, but the success has been limited, largely due to the over-lengthy processes that are in place. As a case in point, of the roles APSCo submitted on behalf of its members to the scheme, just 22% were filled, with a number of staffing companies still waiting on any referrals at all. If these additional funds are to have the desired impact, they need to be directed appropriately and with the guidance of those that will be most impacted by developments to ensure they work.

“We are also concerned that many of the initiatives – including the investment in skills and the changes to visa requirements – remain focused on the creative industries. There needs to be a clear plan that supports core skills development across all professions in the UK and, as APSCo outlined in its main asks of the Autumn Budget, investment needs to be channelled into not only appropriate skills development, but also the growth of regional high-tech hubs in areas including Newcastle and Sheffield.

“We’re also concerned that the flexi-job apprenticeship schemes which are due to start next year won’t have the desired impact unless they are managed and co-ordinated in a way that makes them more attractive to businesses and individuals alike. It’s crucial that the additional funds the Chancellor aims to use to support those in or facing unemployment aren’t wasted and are, instead, used wisely to deliver truly impactful results.”

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