Future of Skills 2028

What's it about?

As part of our 2018/19 Campaign for Business, Greater Manchester Chamber is campaigning on ‘The Future of Skills 2028’. Our campaign will take a look at the key opportunities and challenges employers may face over the next decade in developing a skilled workforce, which contributes to economic growth.

We want to understand the demands of businesses across Greater Manchester and encourage the main stakeholders - schools, training providers and businesses – to work together to ensure young people are prepared for the world of work and those in employment continue to learn and progress.

Why are we campaigning on this issue?

Greater Manchester is forecast to grow faster than the national average over the coming years, but to unlock our true potential we must make sure that the employees of the future are given the skills they need to succeed.

• Following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the number of Apprenticeships has fallen by 61% nationally
• Greater Manchester (GM) has the highest demand for digital skills in the North
• Within GM and the North West, there are areas that have levels of youth unemployment above the national average

The need to improve the effectiveness of our skills and education system has never been greater.

Read the Future of Skills 2028 report here

Jane Boardman, President, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce:

"When I became President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, I was given the opportunity to spearhead a campaign that would benefit the businesses and people of this region.

"In my various roles, I often talk to employers about the difficulties they face in accessing the skills that businesses need. Being a mother of two young children, I am also aware of the need for excellent careers advice and guidance that helps young people make the right decisions, which result in the right career choices.

"In Greater Manchester alone, we have around 15,000 young people (aged 16-24) who are not in education, employment or training, and when our members consistently tell us that finding the right people is getting harder and harder, something clearly isn’t working.
The world of work is changing at a rapid pace, and we can expect that the jobs and skills that fuel our economy will be very different in ten years’ time than they are today.

"The time is right to develop solutions that enable the skills system to deliver the needs of business and young people not just for today, but for the future. That is what our campaign ‘The Future of Skills 2028’ is all about.

"We are a network of over 4,800 businesses, and have close connections with schools, universities and training providers, as well as local government and key policy makers.

"By working collaboratively, we want to create a system in Greater Manchester that helps businesses to define and access the skills they require, and ensures that our young people are prepared for the workplace of the future.

"One thing is clear, we cannot spend more time simply talking about the same issues that we’ve been discussing for decades. This first piece of work gave our members the opportunity to define the issues they face. Now we must work towards solutions. This is just the starting point." 

If you'd like to get involved with our campaigning work, contact the team via research@gmchamber.co.uk