With Oxford Economics estimating that 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced by robots by 2030, the Department for Education has announced that it will invest £100m in the ‘National Retraining Scheme’ to retain UK workers whose roles will be made obsolete by advances in robotics or artificial intelligence (AI).

The scheme will support workers by helping them find a new career or gain more skills and a pilot in Liverpool will involve around 1,000 people, with participants required to be over 24, without a degree, and earning less than £25,000.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the country was “facing unprecedented industrial change, both in pace and from the sheer number of new technologies, and we need to be ready. The National Retraining Scheme will be pivotal in helping adults across the country, whose jobs are at risk of changing, to gain new skills and get on the path to a new, more rewarding career.”

Vinous Ali, Head of Policy at TechUK, the body representing the UK tech industry said: “Whilst the focus is on job displacement, the fact is no job is likely to remain untouched by the fourth Industrial Revolution, so we will all need to learn new skills. This means we need to be making significant investments in lifelong learning and helping people to navigate a pathway through this change.”

David Pearson, managing director of Premier Partnership, said: “We are working with a number of organisations to help them manage the impact of automation and develop training strategies to both help implement automation and reskill employees. We are offering a free change analysis and skills needs audit to the organisations who need it most such as manufacturing companies in post-industrial towns like Doncaster where our headquarters is based and others across the UK.”


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