Anna Purchas, Partner and head of learning at KPMG in the UK, responds to today’s announcement that the Government will invest £40m by 2019 to help workers retrain and upskill throughout their working lives.
Anna said: “The quickening pace of technological change and increasing creep of AI into the workplace has created a growing challenge for lifelong learning. The learning that we need – whether formal training or learning through collaboration and on the job – must accelerate competence and give immediate access to knowledge. As the Chancellor said, these days we all need to have “the skills to retrain again and again”.
“This includes harnessing the potential of those who have been out of workforce for a period of time, by providing the right learning and support. KPMG’s return to work programme focuses on making it simple and ‘comfortable’ to approach the firm for a second career.”
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