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UK | Skills gap continues to plague manufacturers

Staffing problems are driven by candidates’ lack of technical skills and experience, as well as a lack of applicants for jobs, according to the study by the manufacturers’ body, published on Monday.

Employers are being “proactive” towards addressing skills gaps by developing links with schools and colleges, increasing investment in quality apprenticeships and pumping more money into training young people, but they are still experiencing recruitment gaps, the survey of 200 companies found.

This is despite youth unemployment remaining stubbornly high, above the 20pc mark, and overall levels of joblessness at 2.53m, the latest figures show.

Two fifths of employers warned that access to government funding for training is not easier than two years ago, despite attempts by the Government to simplify the system and invite employers to bid for their own money to fund apprenticeships, rather than go through providers.

Tim Thomas, EEF head of employment, said: “Manufacturers are taking the initiative to ensure that skills gaps don’t hold them back from their ambitions to develop new products and services and expand into new markets. But despite the government’s best efforts, investing in apprenticeships and finding the right qualifications, training courses and provider is still far from straightforward…

Choosen excerpts by JMM from

via Skills gap continues to plague manufacturers, EEF says – Telegraph.

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