LEP launches research into skills

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A major research programme that aims to discover the future skills needs of Sheffield City Region employers has been launched by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The initiative is part of a Yorkshire-wide drive by Local Enterprise Partnerships to gain a better understanding of employers’ current and future skills needs and how well the education and training system responds to them.

A large part of the research involves a survey of Sheffield City Region businesses, carried out by Ekosgen, the consultants with offices in Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow, and York-based market research consultants PCP.

Businesses can also submit their views directly through an online questionnaire, which can be found at www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/skills

Research will focus on key growth sectors and will explore their short and medium term skills and training needs, their views on employing young people, graduates and apprentices and their current and planned export activity.

Nigel Brewster, managing director of Brewster McBride Recruitment Consultants and president of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, is the LEP board member responsible for Skills.

He said: “This research can contribute towards giving businesses real power and influence over local employment and skills strategies.”

Responses to the survey have to be submitted by Friday, May 4.