By 2030, it is projected that England potentially faces a deficit of 2.5 million high-skilled workers if there is not an increase in qualification levels. Add in the considered impacts of an ageing-population and changes in migration patterns, we need to explore and prepare alternate solutions that collectively form opportunities to bridge this forecasted ‘skills-gap’. Volunteering, recognised as a vehicle for skills development and links to employability, presents part of the potential solution to the design, bringing forward a pool of committed, talented, and skill-aligned people to address labour shortages and help bridge the gaps.
Addressing employment and skills-based volunteering across ‘out of work’ audiences, those in employment, and those in retirement years, this strand of the Vision for Volunteering workshops will start to identify opportunities and enablers that volunteering can deliver to bridge gaps against forecasted ‘skills-short’ career opportunities, support those facing multiple disadvantages and/or those long term unemployed and identify how to best utilise skills of existing volunteer resources.
The Employment and Skills workshops will explore and address a range of considerations including: