Cities in the North and Midlands do not have the necessary skills to help them deal with automation and globalisation, according to a new report. The report by the think tank Centre for Cities calls for urgent action to improve education and training standards to help workers adapt to changing work environments and new technologies. In particular, it claims there are stark discrepancies in the provision of ‘robot-ready’ analytical skills, with cities in the North and Midlands underperforming compared to wealthier counterparts in the South East. According to the report, job-related training fell by 14% across England between 2004 and 2017, a pattern evident in 42 out of 55 English cities. Only 16% of workers in Northern and Midland cities received in-work training last year, and 18% in cities in the Greater South East. It adds that cities with the best GCSE results – which are almost all in the South East – are broadly less … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart