Join the Skills Revolution
Join the skills revolution
The UK government has launched the Skills Revolution campaign to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access a wide range of training and employment schemes. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the government’s support programs that can help businesses upskill their workforce, fill skill shortages, and increase productivity. The Skills Revolution webpage provides details of various training programs available to employers, including Multiply, which offers numeracy courses for adults aged 19 and above without a Level 2 qualification in maths. Employers can encourage their staff to improve their numeracy skills to reduce mistakes and improve productivity. There is no cost to employers to participate in Multiply, making it an excellent opportunity for businesses to improve their workforce’s skill set.
Another program available through the Skills Revolution campaign is the Skills Bootcamp. These are free and flexible courses of up to 16 weeks designed to provide sector-specific skills based on local employer demand. Skills Bootcamps are primarily aimed at delivering flexible training at levels 3-5, which includes medium to higher level technical skills, and level 2 in some sectors. Employers can work with training providers to develop and deliver Skills Bootcamps to help fill skill shortage vacancies. Existing employees may need time to study and attend classes depending on their working hours and status and the flexibility of the course. Employers can contribute to the cost of training if they want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees.
Overall, the Skills Revolution campaign is an excellent initiative designed to help SMEs access the necessary training and support to improve their workforce’s skills and fill skill gaps. Businesses can benefit from free training, financial support, and career advice, and individuals can take advantage of the free courses to upskill themselves, progress into higher skilled roles, and gain knowledge, skills and behaviors that can help their company succeed. The government’s investment in training and upskilling is a positive step towards ensuring the UK’s workforce remains competitive and able to adapt to the changing needs of the economy.