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Kingston University, in partnership with YouGov, spoke to UK employers about the challenges they face to remain globally competitive over the next 10-20 years. The Future Skills League Table highlights problem-solving, communication and creativity among the top 10 core skills needed for a prosperous economy.
Read highlights from the report below, including case studies, comments from our partners and what the government, sector regulators, employers and universities can do next.
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The UK faces a historic challenge – to emerge from this pandemic stronger with a more dynamic enterprise economy.
The Future Skills report reveals employers believe a portfolio of skills for innovation is needed urgently for the UK to thrive, including problem-solving, communication and creativity. Read the full report here.
The creative industries make a substantial contribution to the UK economy, and crucially, they add value to other industries. However, the importance of creativity and innovation to the future UK economy contradicts government declarations that university education for the creative industries is not important strategically, with reductions in funding no doubt to follow.
We asked employers about the challenge of remaining globally competitive over the next 10-20 years and the skills required to meet those challenges. The Future Skills report shows the overwhelming concern of the threat from emerging economies, and the greatest need was for creative problem-solving as well as adaptability, communication and analytical skills – these are the skills for innovation.
Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University
Behind every successful business is a great idea; a desire to deliver a service or product or business architecture that's new, different or more effective than what's come before. Across all sectors, the essential ingredient in generating any good idea is a creative mind.
Rick Haythornthwaite, Chair, Ocado; Chair, Creative Industries Federation
The UK is an unrivalled world leader in the creative industries, but international competitors are fast catching up.
Annie Warburton, Chief Executive, Cockpit Studios
To boost these skills across all parts of the UK is a team effort. One that can only be tackled by strong and active government embracing the instincts of the private sector and working with higher and further education providers to ensure a pipeline of home-grown talent. Read more about our asks here.
We call on Government to:
We call on sector regulators to:
We call on employers to:
We call on universities to:
TikTok has become a creative outlet so many have turned to during the pandemic, from artists and performers who have been able to share their voice, to museums and theatres who have been able to engage with audiences globally through the TikTok Community; supporting the creative industries is more important now than ever before.
Rich Waterworth, General Manager, TikTok, UK and Europe
Designers spend their lives solving problems. That's what the job is all about. Through their education and training they learn creative, critical and practical skills.
Sir John Sorrell CBE, Designer and UK Business Ambassador
Kingston University's ‘Future Skills League Table' tells us what 2,000 employers across a range of sectors say are the skills they need to keep the UK globally competitive for the future.
Interviews with businesses and universities highlighted over 20 skills that they felt were important in protecting the UK's global competitiveness. These were put to the YouGov Business panel, who selected the top 10:
Businesses surveyed by YouGov® cited the following as top future challenges:
Explore examples of how creative skills have led to business transformation, regional growth, and how it impacts on local communities. These case studies showcase the environment in which the rigour of creative problem solving prospers and helps grow new approaches, products, and industries.