Businesses encouraged to shape future job skills

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The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking the views of businesses to drive skills improvements and accelerate business growth and success.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has today reaffirmed his ambitions to create the right conditions for business growth and success across the City Region.

The first step is to seek the views of business leaders from across the City Region.  Today, Mr Rotheram has launched the Combined Authority’s first (and biggest) business survey of its kind.  He wants to hear from businesses on how they can better access and develop a skilled workforce. Recruiting, retaining and retraining high quality staff is a critical driver to securing success and growing businesses, leading to a thriving City Region economy.

Businesses need high quality staff who are committed, reliable and conscientious and who have the right skills for the job and at the right time.  With an ageing workforce across the country as a whole as well as across the City Region, together with the continual challenges brought about by advances in technology and globalisation, the ability of businesses to recruit and retain the staff they need becomes ever more challenging.

“Our future prosperity as a City Region is ultimately dependent on our ability to develop a well-qualified and highly skilled workforce.  This survey will help us to identify where our businesses need support, align investment in skills and training with skill deficits and the needs of our future economy”, commented Mr Rotheram.

Supporting this work and aligning the skills of residents with the needs of businesses is the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Asif Hamid, LEP Chair said: “As a large and growing employer in the City Region I know firsthand some of the challenges in attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining talent. Through our partners in the Local Growth Hub we engage with thousands of local businesses to enable them to grow and skills are a key factor for them. This survey will give us a much greater understanding on precisely what skills interventions are needed by our businesses to realise their growth potential and create more jobs for local people.”

The results of the survey will be used to inform the future commissioning of skills provision.  For the full article please click here.  

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