You may have the term ‘skills gap’ thrown around over the past couple of years, but how much do you actually know about it? In short, here in the UK the demand for certain skills is far outweighing the number of people training to do those skills. Therefore, there’s a gap that needs filling, which could be made even worse by impending Brexit and the tightening of migration laws.
Some of the industries most affected by the skills gap include engineering, healthcare, and arts & entertainment, although there are plenty of others across other sectors. You can take a look at the list here.
While this isn’t great news for employers, as it means they’re struggling to find the right people which is leading to higher recruitment costs, it’s actually very good news for those looking to train in those areas where skills are lacking.
Mind the Gap
The trades (builders, plumbers, electricians) is an area that is severely lacking in fresh new workers right now. The Federation of Master Builders’ State of Trade Survey 2017 found that 40% of construction Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are finding skills shortages at their highest point since 2013.
Such jobs can unfairly get a bit of a bad rap, but the opportunity is there to learn invaluable skills and earn a decent living. As with most jobs, if you’re prepared to put the work in, then the pay can be pretty good. In fact, the average salary of a fully qualified electrician is over £30,000, which is more than the national average.
For those considering a career in the trades, there are a few different avenues you can go down. You can go to college, do online courses, or undertake an apprenticeship, the latter of which is becoming increasingly popular as it enable you to earn as you learn.
Anyone with an interest in becoming an electrician may find this graphic from electrical wholesalers QVS Direct particularly helpful as it gives a wealth of information on how to get into the industry, and also some tips for when you’ve qualified.
Take a look at the list of apprenticeships or college courses on our site to see if there’s one you fancy. These are skills you’ll have for life - although your friends and family members won’t stop pestering you for help!