In the latest bulletin of Skill Shortage, the education charity reported 41,000 vacancies for nurse alone. It is also depicted in the reports that the number of nurse undergraduates declined around 4 percent since last year, and it is predicted that shortage of nurses alone will be nearly 70,000 within five to six years if the significant measure isn’t taken. In addition to this, the report also discloses the severity of skill shortages thru the UK economy. Around two-third, that counts about 68 percent of UK employers stated that they have to struggle to find workers with required skills.
Olly Newton, director of policy & research in Edge, stated, according to analysis and data gathered from various sectors and organizations, we can say this is a perfect storm. He also stated that employers struggle to recruit an ideal candidate as there is lack of skill required for the organization. This situation shows the depth of schism between industrial strategy and education policy. Most data presented that nearly 92 percent of employers stated that soft skills are as much or even more important than hard skills. Further, one-third of the working-age populace have few or no qualifications. Also, numerous jobs are at risk now, and presently, women held around 70 percent of them.
Newton further stated that if people want to secure their jobs, what we say so-called soft skill should be referred to as critical skills. Because according to Newton, these are skills, aptitude, and behavior required at the workplace now. And it is mandatory to adapt these skills and ability now to secure jobs in the future. It is younger people, women, and those with inferior levels of skills that are most vulnerable. These are the categories mostly on the verge of being replaced by computer programs, robots, or algorithms. We should be planning our curriculum and life-long learning concerning the skills required for jobs in 21st-century, not to the 19th-century concepts according to which grades are the only measure of ability and talent.