UKCES view of employer needs

Moira McKerracher- Deputy Director, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Moira will share data from their recent Employer Perspectives Report 2014 from 18,000 businesses providing detailed insight into:

1 What employers think of the skills system
2. How and why they behave in the way they do in terms of recruitment and training.

Employers most look for relevant work experience, maths and english GCSE and then academic qualifications. Clearly they are all important but prioritise experience.

Only 18% of 314,000 employers reached out to schools, colleges and universities to inspire people to come into their business/industry. The majority (55%) engaged with schools, 45% colleges and 36% universities, some engaging across all three.

What are employers looking for in training?

Who does the training?

69% of organisations had provided training for staff
58% internal provision
11% public providers only
5% universities (down from 8% in 2012)

FE and HE is losing market share to private and internal providers. 51% believed they wholly funded their training at HE institutions.

Biggest reason for using FE and HE

The biggest reason is relevant courses which conversely is also the biggest barrier for not using FE and HE providers. Cost/value for money is not a big barrier i.e. employers will pay for the right provision.

Forging Futures Report

Moira references the Forging Futures report from UKCES – I know this report well, some great examples of employer and university collaboration.

Some great top tips in this report on how to make collaboration work.

Moira finished off the session talking about the challenges facing young people getting into the labour market. A huge problem are that needs to be addressed.

Final report recommended by UKCES 5 priorities for Action. The report was launched this week and the five priorities are:

The report sets out five priorities for action over the next twenty years:

1. Employers need to lead the charge Employers should lead on skills
development and government should enable them to do so, by encouraging greater collaboration between businesses, unions and the workforce in regions, sectors and across supply chains.

2. Increased productivity equals career progression Improving workplace productivity is the route to pay and prosperity including better management, better job design and increased employee engagement.

3. We need more quality ‘earning and learning’ routes like apprenticeships. They should be a normal career pathway for many more young people, and a normal way for businesses to recruit and develop their workforce.

4. Bridge the gap between education and work Education and employers should be better connected to prepare people for work. Work experience should become an integral part of education for all young people.

5. Real results, not exam results Success should be measured by a wide set of outcomes, including jobs and progression, not just qualifications.

Lots to think about on this one, may need another Blog.


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