Realising talent: employment and skills for the future

This is the first report in a series of three which will set out the challenges for our employment and skills system and propose ways it can be improved. As the economy grows and employment increases, new challenges emerge for our local economies. The new challenge is how the whole workforce meets the jobs and skills demand of growth.

‘Realising Talent’ looks at the extent and nature of the skills gap we face in the future – at both the national and local level. A continuing trend towards higher skilled jobs will mean there will be significant changes in the demand for labour over the next seven years and beyond. This is illustrated by a number of local authority case studies in the centre pages of this report – showing what the challenges are and what they are doing about it.