'Future-proof' careers listed in new UKCES report

A new careers guidance report highlights today’s jobs that are set to stand the test of time and highlights trades that are likely grow in the years ahead.

Technology-rich roles such as mechanical engineers and software developers are among 40 jobs highlighted by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) in its 36-page Careers of the future report.

But although some shortlisted jobs are in emerging sectors, others are more traditional, with economic growth and technology expected to help future-proof roles such as train drivers, electricians and farmers.

The UKCES report, published today, identifies careers that labour market analysts believe offer some of the best opportunities for tomorrow’s jobseekers.

Jobs are analysed according to pay, business need and predicted job opportunities to produce a shortlist across ten sectors.

Skills Minister Nick Boles (pictured above left) said: “This insight in to the jobs of the future will be an important tool in helping young people make more informed decisions about their career.

“Whether you want to become a mechanical engineer or nursery teacher, our reforms and commitment to driving up the quality of vocational education mean there are now a variety of equally valid and respected pathways in to the world of work.

“I want all young people to be able to fulfil their potential by choosing a route that best suits their skills and ambitions, whether that is developing skills in the workplace through an apprenticeship or studying at university.”

The report is aimed at parents, teachers and careers advisers.

Michael Davis (pictured above right), chief executive of UKCES, said: “This report presents a wealth of options for young people looking to make those all-important first steps into the world of work. It is also welcome news to see increasing opportunities for young people to combine earning and learning when finding their way into work.

“The next step is for employers and education providers to continue to develop close working relationships, inspiring young people and creating better jobs in the process.”

Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “The job market is changing fast with a whole range of opportunities requiring business-relevant skills. All young people should have access to a similar level of support to help them navigate and understand the array of options available to ensure they can make the right choice.

“The government cannot waste another day letting children and young people down on careers advice so we would like to see the establishment of careers hubs in every local area involving schools, colleges, local councils and others.”