Work Post-COVID: The Importance of Digital Skills | IPT
Chair: Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Employment
Speaker: John Lawson, Chief Information officer, BAE Systems
Speaker: Margot James, Executive Chair of Warwick Manufacturing Group
Virtual Event


Monday 11 January 2021


This is an online event

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The impact of COVID-19 and the transition to widespread homeworking has forced workers and businesses to rely more than ever on technology. The existing skills gap costs the UK economy up to £63bn per year and COVID has pushed traditional industries to digitalise, new sectors to emerge and traditional working patterns to change; potentially permanently. A survey by Tech UK found that 74% of managers and decision-makers believe businesses will be more dependent on technology due to the pandemic. The Open University Business Barometer report 2019 found that more than two-thirds of employer’s struggle to find workers with the right skills. The Department for Education has produced a skills toolkit to help boost the nation’s digital skills and has highlighted the role of digital skills in driving the recovery. How will COVID accelerate the importance of digital skills and the shift to digital skills through the fourth industrial revolution?

This event will:

  • Consider how to align skills education with industry, including lifelong learning and reskilling.
  • Discuss the types of skills required in rapidly changing workplaces, including STEM.
  • Explore how SMEs can be assisted in accessing skills training.