Recent research in the UK from the Learning and Work Institute has suggested that the UK is heading for a “catastrophic” shortage in people with digital skills. There has been a 40% drop in young people studying IT at GCSE (taken at the age of 16). Experts argue that these digital skills are essential for the UK economy and moving forwards after the recent global pandemic. These skills shortages do not just affect the UK, but the global economy.
Recent research has suggested that there are five times more people taking courses in culture and arts than there are jobs.
A skills shortage occurs when there are not enough trained staff willing work in a particular industry at that time.
There are not just skills shortages in the digital skills arena. There are actually a shortage of trained staff in areas that are more essential to our health, wellbeing and actual existence – the horticultural and agricultural industries.
We need food to survive. We need plants for oxygen, shelter and fuel. If we do not have trained people to produce the food and plants we need, the human race will struggle in the future. The charity, Oxfam, estimates that we will run out of food in 2050 when the human population exceeds the food produced. Working to prevent this happening is essential now! More trained staff are needed to fill the gaps in these food shortages in these industries.
Sue Biggs of the RHS recently stated that whilst horticulture employs over 300,000 people in the UK, 70% of businesses are currently find it hard to get skilled workers.