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Employer Skills Survey
September 6, 2018

The UK Employer Skills Survey (ESS) is one of the largest business surveys in the world, with the data in this report based on survey responses from over 87,000 employers.

Recruitment and skill-shortage vacancies

Growth in recruitment activity was evident across most of the UK.

In line with previous years, a third of vacancies in the UK (33%) were considered hard to fill.

There has been an 8% increase in the number of skill-shortage vacancies compared with 2015. They were most numerous in the Business Services sector (just under 52,000 at the time of the survey), though as a proportion of all vacancies in the sector, the density of such vacancies was highest in Construction. By occupation, employers were most likely to have experienced skills-related difficulties when recruiting for Skilled Trades positions. The skills disproportionately lacking for Professionals included advanced IT skills and complex analytical skills.

The proportion of vacancies proving hard to fill exclusively for non-skills-related reasons was highest in Health and Social Work.

Among employers who had vacancies that were proving hard to fill, 34% had attempted to recruit EU nationals to try to help overcome recruitment difficulties. This was a particularly common way of trying to fill hard-to-fill vacancies in the Hotels and Restaurants sector (53%). Read more

75% of Firms Expect Increase of High-Skilled Roles in Coming Years
August 8, 2018

Nation’s prosperity relies on more people of all ages going to university, educating more people at university could bring significant benefits to our economy, according to a new report published today [6 Aug] by Universities UK. The report, ‘Solving future skills challenges highlights the need for continual skill upgrading, lifelong learning and study of higher education qualifications at all levels.

The onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology – and challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating rising demand for those with higher level skills, which include qualifications at level 4 and 5 (such as HNCs, HNDs, and Foundation Degrees), level 6 (bachelor degrees) and level 7 and 8 (postgraduate and research degrees)

John Cope, CBI Head of Education and Skills, said:

“UUK is right to highlight the growing need for higher level education, training, and skills, as well as the importance of lifelong learning. CBI research has found that three quarters of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, and many have concerns about skills shortages.

“Better information and careers guidance for people – alongside greater numbers of flexible learning opportunities – is vital to help people choose the best route for them to higher level skills, whether that’s at a university, college, or learning on the job through a degree apprenticeship.”

Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK
, said there is significant evidence of the need to increase student numbers:

“There is rising employer demand for the broad skills developed at university across a wide range of subjects and levels. The UK economy and society needs more graduates. Educating more people of all ages at university would grow our economy faster, by increasing productivity, competitiveness, and innovation.

“The analytical and learning skills developed at university help people adapt in the rapidly changing jobs market. To meet future challenges, the government should develop new policies to make part-time study more appealing, upskilling easier and encourage lifelong learning among our ageing population.” Read more

CBI Launches the 2018 Education and Skills Survey
August 6, 2018

CBI’s annual pulse-check on what business thinks about the education and skills.

CBI launches the 2018 Education and Skills Survey

People and skills are at the heart of our economic prosperity. With a good education and the right skills, everyone has the best chance to get a job and get on in their career.

The Education and Skills survey is the CBI’s annual pulse-check on what business thinks about education and skills. It aims to find out more about the current and anticipated skills needs, what business really thinks the priorities should be in schools, apprenticeships, technical education reform, retraining – and much more.

The findings will shape the CBI’s future policy recommendations to ensure UK businesses have the skills required to flourish over the coming decades.

Take part in the 2018 Education and Skills Survey

Better understanding of what business thinks on education is more vital than ever. The next ten years the way we live, and work will rapidly change due to technological developments, globalisation, the impact of Artificial Intelligence, automation and other factors. This will bring exciting opportunities, but also present challenges for the next generation that will need to be addressed. The survey gathers the evidence needed to develop the policies and reforms that need to take place now and in the coming years. Read more

New Multi-Million Pound Deal To Boost Skills Across West Midlands
July 20, 2018

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Businesses, young people and adults across the West Midlands are set to benefit from a new skills deal, which could unlock up to £69million, the Education Secretary has announced today (18 July).

The skills deal agreed with the West Midlands Combined Authority will boost digital and technical skills, job opportunities and productivity across the region – supporting more young people and adults into work as well as upskilling and retraining local people of all ages.

The Government will co-fund the new skills deal, alongside employer funding and the West Midlands Combined Authority will invest £20million into this area as set out in their Skills Plan.

The new deal includes:

  • Creating hundreds of new apprenticeships at small and medium sized businesses in priority areas, including in construction, automotive and digital sectors – helping increasing job opportunities for all.
  • A multi-million investment in local colleges – ensuring they have access to the latest equipment and facilities to teach the skills the region and the country need, including digital, and construction.
  • Up to £5million to work with employers to develop a National Retraining Scheme (NRS) pilot to drive adult learning and retraining.
  • £1million to boost Edtech and the way it supports adult learners in the West Midlands.
  • £1million to improve careers advice for young people, including a new careers hub in the West Midlands.
  • Piloting an innovative online portal for businesses to share work experience opportunities with schools.

Some of this country’s most acute skills challenges are found within the West Midlands, which the skills deal will aim to address through the new funding and support for the West Midlands economy, driving local growth. This deal builds on the work already underway through the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to boost productivity and earning power across the country. This includes investing in maths, digital and technical education to help generate well-paid, highly skilled jobs across the country. Read more

Skills for Londoners Strategy: A Skills and Adult Education Strategy
June 7, 2018

The Mayor of London has published the Skills for Londoners: A Skills and Adult Education Strategy.

It is the first dedicated post-16 skills and adult education strategy produced by a London Mayor and sets out London’s skills challenges, along with priorities and actions required. Key points include:

  • The Mayor will seek to utilise the remaining European Social Fund allocation in London and lobby to ensure it gets a fair funding settlement in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
  • City Hall will scope and establish new pilot programmes to promote and facilitate the use of levy funds to improve progression, increase social mobility and raise the productivity.
  • The Mayor will seek to address the under-representation of women and BAME Londoners through programmes such as the Mayor’s Construction Academy and Digital Talent programme.
  • The Mayor will continue to support investment in infrastructure and facilities in further education through the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund.
  • The Mayor will create a London Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub, an online platform, which will gather, publish and present relevant employment and data at regional and sub-regional level.
  • Alongside this strategy, the Mayor is publishing the Skills for Londoners Framework, which sets out funding priorities for the AEB in London as well detailed proposals for overcoming barriers to participation and achievement in adult education. 

Read the full strategy HERE

Skills Shortages Costing UK £1.7B
June 4, 2018

Delays and skills shortages are making recruiting staff with the right skills for the job so difficult, it is costing British businesses £1.7 billion a year[1], highlights the first of a series of Skills Shortage bulletins published by the Edge Foundation.

The latest data from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey of over 7,100 businesses shows that skilled manual labour is the most problematic area of recruitment; 68 percent of firms are struggling – the highest since records began.

Edge’s Director of Policy and Research, Olly Newton, who compiled the report, said:

‘All the evidence indicates that UK plc is facing a recruitment crisis. Altogether, 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills are needed to meet expected demand, but we are seeing skills shortages right across the board and in all kinds of jobs. In construction, the next three to five years will see a 90 per cent increase in demand for management skills while 68 per cent of building firms are struggling to recruit bricklayers.

‘The closure of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) last year, has left a data vacuum. Edge will be bringing together the best available evidence in a series of regular reports to present a comprehensive picture of skills shortages in the UK economy.’


What Is The Richter Scale?

The Richter Scale is one excellent way to measure soft outcomes and distance travelled.

This is a user-friendly tool based on a set of sliding scales which are designed to measure soft indicators and distance travelled.

The Richter Scale® is a simple motivational assessment designed to measure soft indicators and distance travelled.

The tool itself is an A4 size hand-held board with ten headings down the left-hand side and a magnetic slider for each heading. This slider can be moved along a scale of 0 to 10, enabling the user to scale how they feel about each topic.

The process is empowering for the individual, encouraging them to see the ‘bigger picture’ and realise how different aspects of their life impact on each other. With the interviewer, the individual can explore possibilities, make informed choices and take responsibility for their own goals.

A larger group might want to follow the Richter Scale and purchase the resources, or a smaller group or project might want to sue the general idea to develop your own tool for the people you work with.

For More Information Visit: http://www.rickterscale.com/


The “Outcomes Star”
May 15, 2018

Sometimes it can be difficult to measure what we typically call ‘soft’ outcomes – and the “Outcome Star” is one way in which this difficulty might be overcome.

The “Outcome Star” is a visual, graph or map in, as the name suggests,  the shape of a many-pointed star.

Each point of the star represents a different scale and these are used to measure the change when working with people. There are a number of different versions of the star depending on the people you are working with and what your project aims to achieve. There are numerous Stars you can develop to measure outcomes relevant to you. For example:

  • Community development
  • Worklessness
  • Progres towards the labour market
  • Youth work
  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Confidence

Read more

Thousands Benefits from Go-Grow Scheme
March 1, 2018

An initiative to upskill workforces and boost productivity across the North East has hit a major milestone, delivering free training to more than ten thousand people.

The Go>Grow scheme has seen thousands of individuals and organisations benefit from training over the last five months, helping them to improve business performance and equip employees with critical new skills.

The scheme was launched after Gateshead College, which is leading the project, secured £15m worth of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

So far, more than £7.5m worth of training has been delivered as Go>Grow has helped people to gain vital skills to successfully gain employment and improve their effectiveness at work, with many businesses seeing an uptake in demand for their services as a result.

The courses are being delivered in partnership with colleges, training providers and business support specialists, with a wide range of subjects available. Read more

David Hughes: My Four-Point Plan to Fill the Skills Gap
February 28, 2018

Here’s is David’s article in Local Government Chronicle on skills devolution.

Simple message is that focusing on who controls the money misses the point – we all need to work together to achieve a culture shift in which more people and more employers know why and how to invest in skills. That demand-stimulation is so important, much more than who controls the totally inadequate adult education budget.

David Hughes Four Point Plan