Calling local businesses- Event to address skills shortages

Business / Mon 29th Sep 2014 at 02:11pm

THE Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB) is hosting ‘Educating Essex Together’ which will bring together local employers and educators to develop solutions to skills shortages.

In Essex there are skills shortages in the following sectors – advanced manufacturing & engineering, construction, creative & digital media, health, care, logistics and IT & Technology. This event will allow employers from these sectors an opportunity to discuss issues directly with other companies and representatives from local schools, colleges and universities to ensure that they understand employer requirements and can better support Essex employers with skills and recruitment.

Cabinet member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Cllr Kevin Bentley said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for employers to voice their opinions on the skills provision in Essex and how it can be moulded to ensure young people now, and in the future, have access to the right qualifications and work experience opportunities in the right jobs”.

Employers will also be able to hear about the work already being supported by the ESB, including the Digital Skills for Growth Programme, Essex Education & Industry Programme, Sector Action Groups and the Skills Advisor portal for employers seeking training. An updated Essex Skills Evidence Base booklet will also be provided to all attendees.

ESB Chair, Suzanne Jude, Raytheon, noted “As a Board we have been making excellent progress in tackling the skills challenges which we are collectively experiencing. This event will enable us to go further, by working together with more employers and educators to achieve real change and to ensure that individuals and employers alike have the skills they require.”

The event takes place on Thursday, 9 October 2014 from 6-8.30pm at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. Places are restricted to those representing the above sectors and space is limited. For more information and to book your place, visit http://goo.gl/uHGCtQ.

The event takes place during Essex Means Business week, which is a campaign run by Essex County Council to showcase talent, skills, innovation and entrepreneurship in Essex. During the week of 6 to 10 October, Cllr Kevin Bentley and his deputies, Cllrs Penny Channer and Malcolm Buckley, will be visiting businesses and universities across the county. Follow the campaign on social media via #EssexMeansBusiness.

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