Updated Apr 2017
New Skills at Work
Economies all over the developed world are changing dramatically. If Britain is going to compete – especially outside of Europe – it will need to respond to this challenge and dramatically raise levels of productivity. To do so, we need to completely re-evaluate our approach to our workforce and skills.
New Skills at Work has been a three-year long project funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation examining what the workforce of the future will need to succeed. What will be the skills required in the future and how do governments and other actors ensure the infrastructure exists to deliver them.
Over three years we have published data on labour markets, researched innovative new approaches to employment and skills policies at local, regional and national levels and shared best practice from decision makers in government, business and community around the UK and across Europe.
A New Skills At Work IPPR explainer on incapacity benefit cuts
IPPR Senior Research Fellow, Joe Dromey, explains the impact of the new cuts to incapacity benefit.
A New Skills At Work IPPR explainer on productivity
IPPR Senior Research Fellow, Joe Dromey, explains why productivity figures matter.
Introducing 'Where the work Is', our new jobs data dashboard
‘Where the Work Is’ is a new, free-to-use dashboard providing data on skills and job vacancies, and the gaps between them that exist in different occupations and areas of the country. It is focused completely on mid-skill jobs, which require some level of qualifications but no specific degree.
Our dashboard aims to help address the mismatches that exist in the many parts of the country between the skills employers need and those available in the local workforce. It is the first freely available tool of its kind in the UK, and we hope it will be used by national and local decision-makers, education and training providers and employers to guide their planning and engagement with training and education.
Highlights from the European Jobs & Skills Summit 2014
Held 1 April 2014 at the Royal Institution in London, the inaugural European Jobs & Skills Summit brought together leading politicians, policymakers, business leaders, academics and civil society organisations to address the challenges of unemployment, underemployment and skills gaps in the UK and across the region.
The summit saw the launch of IPPR's major new report, European jobs and skills: A comprehensive review, 2014.