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Have your say on the future of skills, training & apprenticeships in research aimed at developing a resilient workforce

The landscape of skills development and training over the last year has shifted and altered dramatically month on month, as various sectors have had to adapt to new ways of developing their people. Skills for Justice is calling on security professionals to contribute to a UK-wide survey on the future of skills, training and apprenticeships. 

SFJAwards-Survey-21In this national research ‘Developing a Resilient Workforce’, SFJ Awards’ sister organisation Skills for Justice, will be exploring the critical needs for continuing skills development for the workforce of the future, and now is the chance to have your say. Individuals from across the private and public safety and security sectors are invited to take part.

With the industry impacted significantly due to the pandemic, the team believes it is vital to help understand how the future of workforce development, skills and training should be shaped to support individuals returning to the workplace, and employers looking to develop their staffing programmes.

As part of an ongoing biennial programme of Government-recognised research, the Skills for Justice International Research division is promoting the UK-wide survey to explore cross-sector skills gaps, the impact of learning due to COVID-19, ongoing training needs, apprenticeships and assessments, and critically, organisational and people development requirements that will help employers and training providers understand the future workforce.

Over 2500 individuals across security, safety, community welfare, criminal justice and healthcare have already taken part, and thousands more are expected to contribute. Now is the opportunity for the workforce to also have your say, and Skills for Justice is inviting all who have an interest in employee relations, skills, training, apprenticeships, leadership and organisational development (OD), or learning and development to take part to help build the picture of what staff in public safety sectors really need to succeed.

Candace Miller, Managing Director at SFJ Awards and Executive Director for Skills for Justice commented: “I am thrilled that so many employees and employers have already contributed to this national Workforce Research programme, and that the SFJ Awards community have been invited to have their say, along with our Approved Centres, Customers, Partners and Colleagues about the crucial skills gaps and changes to training and development over the last year.

“It’s vitally important to us that as many people in professional roles, students/learners, employers, and training providers participate in the survey to ensure a fair, well-rounded, and considered view of the future needs for training across key sectors in the UK. I am personally fascinated to find out, through the robust methodologies of Skills for Justice’s Research Division, what the post-pandemic learning and development needs are for people across public safety, security and community sectors, and encourage anyone with any interest in people development, skills or training to take part.”

The Developing a Resilient Workforce research is being conducted at an interesting point in history, whereby different sectors, employers, and organisations begin to re-adjust to some form of normality in the delivery of L&D, whilst others use the learning from the past year to improve and enhance the flexibility offered within their learning programmes.

Vitally, these findings will help those unsure of their ongoing skills development strategies to evidence what those returning to work, learners, apprentices, and employees need to succeed in a post-pandemic environment.

Take part in the ‘Developing a Resilient Workforce Research’, in partnership with Skills for Justice, SFJ Awards, and Skills for Health.

For each completed response, 10p will be donated to the charity Mencap which works to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.


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