Survey puts job skills in the spotlight

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EMPLOYERS have had their say about the skills they need in their workforces and their views will help to form future policies.

The study aims to gain a better understanding of employers’ current and future skills requirements and how well the education and training system responds to them.

It was commissioned by Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) including the Sheffield City Region which represents Doncaster.

A large part of the research involved understanding the views of local businesses on: the types of occupations and skills they expect to need over the short and medium term; any training necessary to meet these needs; employing young people, graduates and apprentices plus current and planned export activity.

LEP board member and Doncaster businessman Nigel Brewster said the research could contribute towards giving businesses real power and influence over local employment and skills strategies.

“Business leaders today have an integral part to play in ensuring that we equip young people with the skills and education that City Region businesses need for future growth and economic success,” he commented.

“The LEP needs businesses to quantify their skills demand, so we can ensure that all providers offer courses that are well suited to the particular requirements of the Sheffield City Region.”

The deadline for responses was earlier this month and the findings will be known later in the year.