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Degreed’s 2021 ‘State of Skills’ report shows the disproportionate affect that 16-24 year olds have faced when it comes to a lack of upskilling and job retention, especially since the start of the pandemic. I’ve included some data below which may be useful – comparing data for 16-24 year olds vs the general working population around the world.

Sample – 518 workers aged 16-24

  • This age group has been disproportionately affected by company cuts to upskilling. They are more likely than other age groups to say their employer has made cuts to reduced upskilling opportunities compared to pre-Covid levels (53%)
  • As a result, 85% believe their core skills will be obsolete in the next 3-5 years, higher than any other age group
  • They are more likely to feel that Covid has accelerated the need for them to acquire new skills (69%)
  • 46% don’t feel they have the skills to do their jobs effectively, compared to pre-pandemic
  • They feel vulnerable in their jobs – 51% believe their employer is more likely to make redundancies than reskill workers or move them to another department

Insight

Workers aged 16-24

All workers (16+)

My employer has made cuts to reduced upskilling opportunities compared to pre-Covid levels

53%

43%

My core skills will be obsolete in the next 3-5 years

85%

73%

Covid has accelerated the need for me to acquire new skills

69%

55%

I don’t have the necessary skills to do my job effectively

46%

36%

I feel vulnerable in my job – my employer is more likely to make redundancies than reskill workers or move them to another department

51%

40%

 

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