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Inspiring our Future – Business Challenge Workforce Planning

Our future economic success requires an understanding of the new jobs and opportunities that will be created so that our local labour force has the skills that businesses require. To achieve this we need to work much more closely with businesses to identify and articulate their current workforce skills requirements and to plan for business growth in the future.

Businesses repeatedly tell us that they continue to have difficulty recruiting suitably skilled workers. This includes generic work skills and more technical and experienced people. Alongside this it can be challenging for businesses, especially smaller businesses, to identify their future skills needs. We will work better with businesses to identify their skills requirements, including support to undertake workforce planning and create progressive opportunities that could, in turn, release entry level roles for new recruits.

The future reform of Technical Education will include a demand for three-month work placements. We want to ensure that our businesses are supported to engage with this to create a more readily available experienced and skilled local workforce.

We will:
• Ensure we are better informed by gaining robust evidence from businesses
• Increase businesses that identify and plan for future workforce demand and predict future skills gaps
• Increase our knowledge of priority high-demand sectors’ skills needs

We will:
• Provide business support to carry out workforce planning, to identify current and future skills needs
• Support businesses to create more jobs, apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering opportunities
• Support employers to maximise the potential of their Apprenticeship Levy

If you have any questions about this project please contact us