THE Chamber’s latest quarterly economic survey says that skills remain a key issue for businesses.
Forty one per cent of service businesses reported that they faced difficulties when recruiting professional or managerial staff. Seven per cent say they face difficulties when recruiting unskilled or semi-skilled labour.
Member businesses tell us that the former three ‘Rs’ – reading, writing and arithmetic – are key skills which job applicants should definitely have but which many don’t.
In their strategy for growth document, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership advocates the development of a skills for growth compact which will commit employers, colleges and schools to build a best in class skills service to link pupils and learners with real world work opportunities.
Business engagement and support for local schools will ensure employers retain a stake in their potential employees’ future.
Solihull Chamber of Commerce works closely with local schools and in the further education sector. We help to bring business and schools and colleges together to address what students will require to get them a job and what businesses will require from their future employees.
For more information on our Partners in Education programme call 0121 781 7384.