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Recruitment challenges reinforces need for Skills Strategy

The urgent need for a sustained focus on securing the skills required by industry has been highlighted by a survey produced by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The findings of BCC’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey have led to concern and calls for greater backing for skills and training from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the area’s accredited Chambers of Commerce. 

The BCC survey highlights the extent to which labour shortages have risen in the UK and are impacting on productivity. Currently more than four-fifths (81%) of manufacturers reported difficulties in finding the right staff – the joint highest level since the survey began in 1989. In the service sector, the level of recruitment difficulty was at 70%, hovering close to the survey’s high recorded in the previous quarter (72%).

SELEP’s evidence-based skills blueprint, sets out a series of priorities to address these challenges. These include:

• Increasing apprenticeships and industry relevant qualifications for all ages, particularly in priority sectors and at higher and degree level;

• Simplifying the skills landscape for employers and individuals;

• Provide employment opportunities for all;

• Raising awareness of jobs and growth;

• Fostering and supporting the spirit of pride, entrepreneurship, innovation and enthusiasm to bring about change.

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