Boris says ‘huge number’ of Brits will need to change jobs due to pandemic

Boris Johnson has said a "huge number" of Brits will need to change jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister warned the jobs market is on the brink of an online revolution as he announced free digital training for people without A-levels.

He said: "Before Covid, people were already shopping ever more online, were already sending out for food, but the crisis has compressed that revolution."

Mr Johnson added a “huge number” of the existing workforce would need to “change jobs, to change skills” in coming years.

Announcing plans for a new "lifetime skills guarantee", he said the taxpayer-funded courses will be available from April in England.

The PM said the digital “boot camps” will be short, employer-led, flexible training courses for adults are linked to guaranteed interviews, reports the i.

Mr Johnson said: “As old types of employment fall away, new opportunities are opening up with dizzying speed – vast new sectors in which this country already leads or can lead the world.”

He said he wanted to end the “snooty” distinction between vocational and academic qualifications.

The Tory leader added a “significant and growing minority” of university leavers who wondered if they had done the right thing when they took up a non-graduate job.

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He said an extra £2.5bn will be pumped into the National Skills Fund to help meet demand for training when unemployment soars in the new year.

Mr Johnson told a press conference in Exeter that higher education loans will also be made more flexible.

They are to allow adults and young people to space out their study across their lifetimes, and apprenticeships will be expanded.

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