REC chief pushes for a skills pipeline
The lack of skilled staff in key sectors like engineering, technology and oil & gas is acting as a real barrier to economic growth.
That was the view of Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, who says that the Government and training providers need to do all they can to ensure Britain's workforce have the skills needed to fill the jobs that are available.
Speaking exclusively to TJ, he said that building a skills pipeline is paramount and has urged a focus on careers guidance.
"There has been some excellent news in the labour market but recruiters are reporting that certain skills are increasingly in short supply. Employer demand is outstripping supply for workers with certain skills like IT, engineering, care work and sales and recruiters are struggling to find a range of good quality candidates to put forward for certain roles," he said.
"The lack of skilled staff in key sectors including engineering, technology and oil & gas risk is a real barrier to wider economic growth. As well as building the skills pipeline through an effective careers guidance network, immediate actions must include encouraging employers to offer apprenticeships, developing a 'fast-track' training system for growth sectors and ensuring immigration policy reflects labour market needs.
"The economy is still fragile and the government needs to do all it can to ensure that Britain's workforce have the skills that are needed to fill the jobs that are available."
He added: "We are also concerned with the government's decision to cut back on careers advice and work experience in schools as this risks damaging the prospects of young people attempting to join the world of work. Careers guidance offers an opportunity to encourage young people to consider roles where there are shortages and could increase their chances of finding work when they leave education."