Both Brexit and the Industrial Strategy highlight the need to develop the skills that the UK economy requires. Post-COVID-19, this is only accelerated. To close the productivity gap, we must re-skill the workforce and increase social mobility.

Additionally, the ever-changing world of work means we need to learn new skills almost continually throughout our working life. How can education providers, employers, and government work together to equip our workforce of the future?

Using our experience as a recruiter, provider and partner to the sector, KPMG’s Education and Skills team works across the education landscape to address these issues. We help increasing links between education providers, students, regulators, and business to create robust, agile and sustainable institutions and systems to meet these demands.

Last year we helped over 120 UK universities, 50 colleges and 40 schools in the public and private sectors. We also worked closely with local and central government on their skills, devolution and productivity agenda.

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Many of our diverse team at KPMG have backgrounds in the education sector, including providers and regulatory bodies. We have strong links with education teams in other KPMG practices (including the US, Australia, India, and China). We work closely with KPMG’s Learning and Development team. Our clients benefit from our broad perspective and in-depth understanding.

Examples of our work include:

  • Over the past 15 years, improving the organisational models and efficiency of university clients to provide a significant return on investment. The current focus is on achieving long-term operational and financial sustainability while improving how they interact with their students, academics, staff, and communities.
  • Working with government and regulators to support their work across the sector.
  • Working with local government to help address the skills issues in places – providing innovative solutions and data-led insight.
  • Developing the IT blueprint for the launch of a new further education college and managing its implementation.
  • Leading a consortium which works with the NHS Leadership Academy to design and deliver leadership programmes, reaching over 3000 NHS senior leaders to date.