When employers can easily identify high-value skills, recruiting and hiring the right individual for the job becomes easier. Thanks to a new government plan, changes to how skills and adult education are measured will undoubtedly aid economic growth throughout the UK.

According to a new proposal from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), employers and training professionals will soon be able to easily provide employees and students with the skills required for success in the job rather than simply providing them with qualifications.

The new measures will provide more relevant information for both students and employers and should help to alleviate the skills shortage issues the UK has been experiencing in recent years.  

Three key areas will be used for these new skill measures:

  • The decision whether to move into a job or to continue with education
  • Progress achieved throughout the course
  • Salary after course completion.  

"These proposed revisions are both welcome and needed, and show signs that we are now addressing some of the deep-rooted issues holding back skills growth in the UK,” explains the chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), Michael Davis.

Mr Davis added: "In doing this we can ensure the system puts a focus on that which matters most ‒ giving young people the vital skills and experience to get into work, progress, and become the economic driving force of tomorrow."

As the new skills measurement metrics come into play, the paradigm of the current workforce may shift to focus more on work-based learning.