If you are in and around the universe of recruitment, then you probably would have heard about ‘Artificial Intelligence’ recently. And more importantly how AI will ‘change the face’ of recruitment. These clever people are on to something, but I believe the distinctive ‘how’ is missing from these statements.
GetMyFirstJob, National Citizen Service, The Sutton Trust, The MOBO Trust, The Living Wage Foundation, UK Youth, The Big Youth Group and Movement to Work – representing a community of over three million young people from diverse backgrounds – are teaming up this summer. The campaign, everyone.work, will connect young people from diverse backgrounds to inclusive employers, apprenticeship, traineeship and work experience opportunities.
A couple of weeks ago I asked my LinkedIn connections to fill in a short survey about apprenticeships – just a snapshot survey to commemorate my one year anniversary in the sector, and to help me take a step back and see the wood for the trees again. There has been so much change in Apprenticeships in the last year, particularly the potential impact of Brexit on future talent, the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, not to mention the election and (another!) change of government minister overseeing its roll out.
Although the job market has much improved since the recession, there is still a lack of opportunities in many sectors, maintaining the competitiveness that was widespread a few years ago. However, there are some industries that are particularly suffering from a skills-shortage, a term used to describe a lack of well-trained candidates to take a growing number of roles. The UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015 found that there were 209,500 vacancies in UK that were a result of a nationwide skills shortage, with 6% of the total amount of employers interviewed saying their vacancies had been affected by one.