The care industry is facing a growing workforce crisis – a crisis which, according to IPPR research, is ‘undermining the sustainability of the system and quality of care across the north of England’. Given that Greater Manchester (and beyond) is facing challenges associated with an ageing population, the findings are very worrying.
Since it began 12 years ago, the Make It campaign has inspired more than 70,000 students and schools – showing youngsters from a wide range of backgrounds what they can expect if they pursue a career in the world of manufacturing.
This week is Get Online Week, which is the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign. Here at the Growth Company, we’re passionate about helping the people of Greater Manchester to boost their digital skills and feel more confident online. So, we jumped at the chance to get involved.
A new report published today has found that too many people from disadvantaged backgrounds are still facing barriers that are preventing them from doing an apprenticeship. Here at the Growth Company, we’re proud to engage with some of the hardest-to-reach young people from Greater Manchester and beyond to help them find the right apprenticeship and boost their career prospects.
Today, the Chancellor announced plans to invest £125m into apprenticeships and new jobs within STEM industries. As I’ve highlighted previously, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors are facing a growing skills gap, so it’s going to be a welcome boost that will help to create a strong workforce going forward.
The world around is constantly changing and moving forward, and it’s amazing to think how much technological advances have changed the way we live. What’s even more mind-blowing is just how many of the things we use every day require code to operate – from the apps we scroll through on our smartphones to the microwave we bung our ready-meal into at the end of a long day.
Back in June, we launched Digital 1000 with our partners – an initiative which aims to engage and support 1000 Greater Manchester residents to become digitally included over the next 12 months.
Experts have recently warned that the UK’s care system is ‘at breaking point’, after a new study found that the number of over-85s needing 24-hour care is set to double.