Covid bulletin #42: Focusing on skills

Jan 28, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the forty-second of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy related to Covid-19. This bulletin covers the period 21st – 27th January 2021.

You can access all of the Covid-19 bulletins on ISE insights.

Latest Covid-19 data

Data taken from Wikipedia and from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

The UK has now had over 3.7 million identified Covid-19 cases and 103,602 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 0.8 and 1 with the daily infection rate shrinking by 4%-1%. The Office for National Statistics has also published new data on Covid-related deaths.

The number of new cases is falling although it is still above the level that led to the November lockdown. The number of deaths is continuing to rise.


Covid news




The skills white paper

The government released Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth a major new white paper on skills and further education. Key stakeholders have been responding to the white paper throughout the week. In an interview with FE Week, skills minister Gillian Keegan sets out what the white paper is trying to achieve.


The economy


The labour market

The latest figures on unemployment (from November 2020) suggests that unemployment in the UK is continuing to trend upwards month on month. Figures from the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey and NEETs data.


Student recruitment and development

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