Commenting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget and Spending Review announcement today (27 October 2021) Chris Luck, Shaw Trust CEO said:
“The government’s plan for jobs has been crucial in protecting workers and livelihoods during the pandemic, and we very much welcome the Chancellor’s focus now on economic recovery based on investment in public services, infrastructure, innovation and skills. Announcements on support for children, families, and low paid workers are also vital to tackle the impacts of the pandemic and the spiralling cost of living.
While the Chancellor’s skills announcements are essential to deliver the government’s levelling up agenda, the government must focus most on providing skills – properly joined up to careers advice and employment support – for the most deprived young people and adults without any qualifications. This is the only way to provide access to good, well paid jobs in the new green economy of the future for our most left behind people and communities.
We at Shaw Trust remain fully committed to playing our part in providing high quality qualifications and support into good jobs, harnessing our child to career framework, and reinvesting all our surpluses back into social infrastructure for the people and communities we serve, as a social enterprise with charitable status. We seek to maximise social and taxpayer value to create a society where good employment is accessible to all irrespective of life circumstances”.