Third of workers lack confidence in their ability to seek new careers

Experts call for bespoke programmes to help people retrain or identify their transferable skills

Nearly a third of workers lack confidence in their ability to move to different sectors, a survey has found, with experts calling for more bespoke training to help workers reskill or identify transferable skills.

A poll of 1,084 working-age adults by City & Guilds Group and Burning Glass Technologies found 32 per cent of workers surveyed had no idea where else their current skillset might be useful, while one in five (21 per cent) said they lacked knowledge of other sectors.

When asked to consider a career change, a third (34 per cent) reported feeling concerned about starting over again, rising to 41 per cent among those aged 25 to 34. This is despite one in three workers (34 per cent) saying they were looking to change careers.

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