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UK Talent Shortage Doubles in Last Decade
February 6, 2020
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The UK’s talent shortage has more than doubled since its lowest reported point in 2010 (9%), according to the latest Talent Shortage Survey by ManpowerGroup.

The Closing the Skills Gap: What UK Workers Want in 2020 survey found that 23% of UK employers were unable to find the talent they needed last year.

Skilled trades such as electricians, welders, and mechanics topped the list of most in-demand roles, with jobs in healthcare, accounting and finance, management and teaching making the top five.

According to ManpowerGroup, the companies worst affected by talent shortages were larger companies of over 250 employees, of which over half (51%) reported talent shortages.

SMEs in the survey fared much better overall in seeking skilled talent, with only 21% of businesses with less than 10 employees reporting difficulties in filling roles.

In order to stem the shortage, Chris Gray, director of Manpower Group UK, said companies need to develop internal talent.

He said: “With growing talent shortages across the UK, it’s no longer a question of simply finding talent; we need to build it. Organisations need to be agile, and willing to stretch their candidate offering, increasing salaries isn’t enough of a differentiator anymore.”

This follows the British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Recruitment Outlook that linked recruitment struggles in the last quarter of 2019 to a ‘critical skills shortage’ across the country, and pinpointed construction as one of the most impacted sectors.

Michelle Nettles, chief people and culture officer at ManpowerGroup, argued that businesses need to encourage a culture of learnability.

She said: “Our ability to continuously learn is the most important skill we’ll need to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow.

“As leaders, it is our responsibility to foster a culture of learnability, which requires leaders to be coaches, increasing and accelerating career mobility and creating relevant and curated learning pathways, not one-size-fits-all.”

The survey collected the views of 1,000 employers in the UK.

ERSA and Leeds University Business School Announce New Project for Employability and Skills

ERSA is delighted to announce a new research project in partnership with Leeds University Business School which we hope will improve the contracting and delivery landscape for ERSA members.

The purpose of most employability and skills programmes is to enable participants to gain employment. Yet, the truth is that low numbers of employers consistently engage with them. The multitude of programmes, contracts and specialist services are difficult for employers to navigate. When they do, they find a range of practices, products and services which range in quality and effectiveness.

ERSA is partnering with Leeds University Business School on an exciting new project which seeks to improve business engagement with employability and skills programmes.  ERSA is involved in this work to improve the contracting and delivery landscape for our members. 

The project will:

  • Engage and influence commissioners to improve business involvement in contract design
  • Support providers to best engage businesses to improve performance
  • Engage employers to enhance their understanding of the market and how to adopt practices best suited to hiring and retaining talent from employability and skills programmes

Get involved!

We anticipate facilitating mini-projects in a small number of pioneer geographies, but we want to involve anyone who has an interest in employer engagement at a National, Regional or Local level.  So, we want you to be involved, share your expertise and be part of what we hope will be an impactful piece of work for our sector.  We are particularly aware that there are already good practices out there that we want to hear about.

Please register your interest here. There are also 3 brief questions for you to respond to, which will provide an accurate and contemporary snapshot of employer engagement within our industry.

Read and link to the full announcement online here, we hope your organisation can get involved at a local, national or regional level to improve business engagement with employability and skills programmes.

ESFA Update: 5 February 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 5 February 2020

ESFA Update academies: 5 February 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 5 February 2020

Details
Items for further education
Action19+ contracts and variations to be signed
Remindermid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationfuture-proofing our early warning integrated financial model for colleges
Informationapprenticeship service for smaller employers – reservations for April starts now open
Informationconsultation on subcontracting the delivery of education and training using ESFA post-16 funds
Informationupcoming provider roadshows
Information16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2020 to 2021 allocation calculation toolkits
Information19+ funding allocations
Informationgrant to FE institutions for Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) increased employer contributions
Informationend-point assessment organisations
Your feedbackyour views on the new contract framework for the 2019 to 2020 Education & Skills agreements
Items for academies
Informationconsultation on subcontracting the delivery of education and training using ESFA post-16 funds
Information16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2020 to 2021 allocation calculation toolkits
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – early adopters invitation
Informationguidance for schools post-Streatham terror attack, 2 February 2020
Items for local authorities
Action19+ contracts and variations to be signed
Remindermid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationdedicated schools grant (DSG) conditions of grant for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdated dedicated schools grant (DSG) allocations and conditions of grant for 2019 to 2020
Informationlocal authorities pre-16 schools funding collection
Informationthe future funding of maintained nursery schools – written ministerial statement
Informationbenchmarking report cards issued to local authority maintained schools
Informationconsultation on subcontracting the delivery of education and training using ESFA post-16 funds
Information16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2020 to 2021 allocation calculation toolkits
Information19+ funding allocations
Informationgrant to FE institutions for Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) increased employer contributions
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – early adopters invitation
Your feedbackyour views on the new contract framework for the 2019 to 2020 Education & Skills agreements
Informationguidance for schools post-Streatham terror attack, 2 February 2020

Published 5 February 2020

ESFA Subcontracting Consultation

Use the link below to view the presentation slides used at the ESFA Subcontracting Consultation Webinar held on 5 February 2020.

http://lsect.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Subcontracting-consultation-05-02-20.pdf