Skills survey asks business exactly what it needs

10 minutes to tell Sheffield City Region about the gaps

As employers everywhere worry about finding skilled staff, a ground-breaking initiative by the Sheffield City Region has been launched to find out exactly what business needs.

In one of the most in-depth surveys into skills gaps and hard-to-fill vacancies, business leaders across the region’s key industrial sectors are being asked to complete a brief survey. It will take less than 10 minutes to provide the details the region needs to provide the right skills, and help employers to fill jobs. Anyone in business who is interested is encouraged to complete the skills shortages and hard to fill vacancies survey.

The survey will be open to business leaders from the construction, manufacturing, business, professional, financial and digital sectors.  Running alongside it will be a series of round table discussions throughout the region with key influencers and decision makers.  If you would like to attend a session, please register.

The findings, which will be known by the end of July, will allow the SCR to make well-informed decisions about adult education and skills training to help boost growth and jobs across the economy.

Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the SCR’s Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We know we in the Sheffield City Region, along with many areas of the UK, face a skills shortage. Here in this region we are already tackling those issues: we are funding the infrastructure works for the National College for High Speed Rail, and the new campus for higher-level learning at Rotherham College for example. We also provide funding for business training which can be designed by the employer.

“I’m also very pleased that we have two construction ‘Skills Villages’ at Barnsley and Doncaster where youngsters get on-the-job experience as they learn.

“However, we need much more detailed information from employers so that we can really provide first class access to skills training. We want to know if there is a link between certain missing skills – perhaps technical and social skills for example.

“We just need a few minutes of employers’ time to fill in the survey – job hunters and unsuccessful applicants are also being asked what holds them back.”