How To Prepare the Future Workforce

Speaking at the HR Director’s Business Summit in Birmingham, Deborah Baker – director of people at Sky – told delegates about the Sky Academy, which has ambitions to give development opportunities to one million young people by 2020.

This idea that the workforce needs to be adapted for young people is key in any business’s strategy to create an effective pipeline of talent within their company. Businesses must offer various opportunities to young people to ensure they are highly engaged and trained in a way that nurtures their natural talent and abilities. Some avenues for young people to get into include:


  • Apprenticeships – on the job training with the opportunity to gain qualifications and permanent job prospects
  • Work placements – giving young people the chance to garner experience and insight into their chosen field
  • Graduate programmes – allowing young people to use their academic skills in a working environment, giving regular training and support.


Baker states that she “can’t always tell the difference” between graduates, apprentices and those on work placements, but that encouraging a “broad, inclusive approach” endorses an environment of continuous learning. After all, why wouldn’t companies want to continuously train their staff to make them engaged, invaluable and ultimately the best they can be?


Information taken from HR Magazine.

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