For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the U.K. should lean on vocational studies to produce more labor force as a part of the country’s rebuilding after the pandemic.
Vocational studies, the focus of £2.5 billion budget
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a huge announcement today, a £2.5 billion budget is set to be allotted on improving vocational studies in the country. The Prime Minister wants to focus on skill-based learning as the country is in dire need of skilled workers for the years to come. According to Johnson, it is about time to take away the conceited attitude of British people over skilled labor.
The economy’s progress is being crippled by the lack of opportunities and investments geared into infrastructures due to the lack of home-grown skilled workers. At this time of a pandemic, we should rely on our own manpower as foreign travel is still strict and tedious. We have to reroute are resources into projects that will actually benefit our conutry’s economy on the long run.
In a technologically advanced era, people are gearing towards automation, the internet, and online transactions. However, it must not be disregarded that old jobs, especially skilled labor jobs are still vital in the current era. By funding the vocational studies sector in the country, Johnson is aiming to provide jobs for those who didn’t receive an A-level qualification for college. In fact, the program seeks to provide a free all-expense-paid college vocational studies education. This will ensure that all interested applicants, despite not having an A-level qualification or the equivalent can land a job suitable for their skills.
The program is designed to help workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, acquire new skill sets that are much needed in the infrastructure sector. The U.K. government is geared towards infrastructure and engineering, for the time being, this project is just the introduction to the shift of dimension for the U.K.’s labor force.