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      Training and Apprenticeships: Reskilling for the Jobs for Tomorrow

      If we were to survey the dynamic landscape of established businesses and start-ups that operate in the Arc from scratch, we’d quickly come to appreciate their tremendous influence over the way people live and work in the UK

      18 Feb 2022 Richard Tunnicliffe, Director of East of England, CBI
      "Nine in ten workers will need some form of reskilling by 2030, this is an issue that affects everyone. Virtually every job will change – some incrementally, some radically."
      – CBI Learning for Life Report, 2020

      If we were to survey the dynamic landscape of established businesses and start-ups that operate in the Arc from scratch, we’d quickly come to appreciate their tremendous influence over the way people live and work in the UK. This isn’t solely confined to the more mesmerising, almost other-worldly, evolution of AI, robotics, automation, augmented reality, and cutting-edge ‘deep tech’. Familiar and well-known industries for which we are internationally recognised, as well as those in their nascent stages of growth, are collectively open to and rapidly adopting new technologies which will constitute a paradigm shift in our internal market for skills and employment. 

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      "Many firms will have had to speed up their pace of technology adoption during 2020 and 2021 to ensure business continuity during the pandemic: estimates from recent survey data suggest that consumers and businesses have leapt 5 years ahead in digital adoption
      within a space of 8 weeks."
      – CBI Learning for Life Report, 2020

      With high levels of skill mismatch in the UK and disappointing progress in widening adult education and lifelong learning programmes and incentives across the economy, the risk is that the incredible innovation potential of the region could fail to translate into lasting commercial success due to an inadequately or inappropriately trained and educated workforce.

      That’s not an unreasonable conclusion to draw, for which Arc may enjoy the presence of world-beating academic and research human and knowledge capital, the ancillary requirements necessary to support and deliver a knowledge-based research and development cluster in terms of highly-skilled technical and maintenance support will be an exponential burden unless we act ahead of the curve.

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