The UK labour market has been considerably weakened by Covid-19 in the last 18 months, with the impact varying by sector and place. With millions of people being placed on furlough or losing their jobs, government interventions have been crucial in mitigating the worst impacts to date.

To capture key activities and trends within the employability sector, Aptem has created a podcast series entitled The Employability Forecast. The podcast features employability and vocational training experts, political figures and employers, who share their views on the issues currently affecting the sector.

Season one has recently drawn to a close. In case you missed any of the episodes so far you can catch up with the links below:

Is the government’s response to the employability crisis adequate?

This episode features Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, who discusses the government’s response to employability in a post-Covid-19 world.

How do we solve the skills challenge?

Dr Fiona Aldridge, the Director of Policy and Research at Learning and Work Institute, discusses the role of skills development as a solution to today’s employability challenge.

Why have young BAME people been disproportionally affected by the employment crisis?

Julie Quist-Therson LLM Dip Trans., the Head of Programmes at SEO London, discusses how the employment crisis has affected young people across the country and why minority groups have been disproportionately affected.

What role will employability providers play in the new employability landscape?

Sean Williams, CEO of Corndel, joins Aptem to discuss how the world of employability has changed and what role employability providers must play in the race for recovery.

The future shape and values of the employability sector

Scott Parkin, CEO of the Institute of Employability Professionals, shares his thoughts on the future of the employability sector.

Mental health, wellbeing and resilience in the pandemic

Simon Blake OBE CCMI, CEO of Mental Health First Aid, talks to Aptem about the importance of prioritising mental health and wellbeing, and equipping people with resilience skills in the pandemic.

Employment support: how do we connect the right provision with the right people at the right time?

Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive at ERSA, joins Aptem to talk about the unemployment landscape in the context of the pandemic. She reflects on the employability provisions introduced so far and what is needed to ensure they succeed.

Look out for the second series of The Employability Forecast coming this autumn. If you are interested in contributing to this podcast or would like to see a particular subject covered please email:

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