Skills West reports on challenges affecting the region

By Ben Carey on 3 April, 2019

Skills West has released the 2019 Local Sector Skills Statements, identifying the skills challenges affecting businesses in the region.

The insight is provided by Business West, West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the  Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The programme provides a comprehensive overview of the skills challenges across different industries and shares possible solutions and partnerships to address them. It also highlights notable achievements and developments in skills in various sectors, in addition to celebrating success stories.

Head of Skills at Business West, Nicky Williams, said,“The Local Sector Skills Statements are a great strategic resource for education providers, skills support organisations and businesses in the region. Our training providers will use the statements to inform their curriculum planning and decisions on future investment in the skills landscape. Businesses will find them useful to assist in making informed workforce planning and resourcing decisions and identifying key areas for training and development.”

Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, added, “It’s great that we continue to receive such a fantastic response to our call for insights from businesses and stakeholders across the West of England. The statements contain valuable intelligence that can help education and training organisations ensure courses and qualifications meet the needs of our employers.

“As a region we need to work together to improve the quality and relevance of careers advice, and provide clearer routes into sustainable and rewarding careers for our residents. As well as giving people the skills they need to progress further in their education and training to secure better career prospects, it will also help lead to improved employment opportunities for our region’s businesses in the future.”

The statements, which are available across various sectors including: advanced engineering and aerospace; construction; creative and digital; distribution; health and life sciences; high tech; low carbon; professional and financial services; rural and food economy; retail; and social enterprise and visitor economy, are available to download for free on the Business West website.

Skills West is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency alongside the European Social Fund.