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‘Skills gap in the South West’

  • by JW

“A regional skills gap in tech-driven sectors means innovative companies in the area arre struggling to fill roles” [Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership]


An interesting speech from Princess Kate yesterday where she met up with business leaders in the City: 

She urged business leaders to prioritise wellbeing in the workplace to support family life as she launched her Business Taskforce for Early Childhood. Kate is hoping global firms who have joined her taskforce will be the catalyst for change and encourage firms across the country to train and help staff to maintain their social and emotional welfare, aiding their work and home life. Prioritise workplace wellbeing to support families, Princess of Wales urges business leaders – Business Live

Looking nearer to home, at the weekend, there were also calls for more training: 

South West business leaders are calling on the government to provide more help with upskilling the region’s workforce and to commit “vital funding” to support firms during the current economic downturn. The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said a regional skills gap in tech-driven sectors, such as data science, cyber and robotics, meant innovative companies in the area were “struggling” to fill roles, slowing down growth. South West business leaders call on government for skills and funding support – Business Live

Companies in the South West are struggling to recruit in growing areas due to a ‘skills gap’:

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “Demand for key emerging sectors such as tech and digital is outweighing the number of skilled workers, together with a significant shortfall in available skilled labour in other sectors including agriculture, construction, healthcare, education and engineering. It is therefore absolutely crucial that we work with Government to increase the upskilling of our workforce, support more people into the labour market, and ensure people’s skills are resilient to the future of industry.” Government called on to support South West’s future skills – Heart of the south west LEP

We’re facing a skills gap in other areas too: UK unprepared to tackle its low carbon skills deficit, report finds – Current News and Hotels and bars need more EU workers, say bosses – BBC News

And there will be some of these skills gaps happening in the Sid Valley…