The results of the first reports commissioned in the wake of the National Skills Task Force to examine industry sector skills shortages in detail have been published today, revealing the true extent of skills supply and demand in the construction and engineering sectors.
The two reports are the first in a series of 15 sector profiles which will take place every other year, gathering information from National Training Organisations (NTOs), employers and careers services in the form of a 'Skills Dialogue', formed as a result of a recommendation from the National Skills Task Force to set up a programme of skills dialogues across the major industrial and business sectors. The resulting reports, which also draw on existing information available from research undertaken for the National Skills Task Force, will form the basis of an action plan for National Training Organisations which they will use together to establish targets for employers to improve skills.
Key findings from the two reports are:
NTO National Council chief executive Andy Powell welcomed the reports and called for organisations involved in learning and skills provision to use the analysis to better inform their strategic planning: "The report's significance and value lies in the involvement of employers in identifying and clarifying the skills needs specific to their sector, and outlining the necessary steps to address these needs....the aim is to achieve a better match between learning and skills provision and skills demand from each industry sector, and improve the match between people's career aspirations and the reality of the workplace."
He added: "The report's findings have clear implications for the planning of publicly funded education, training and careers provision for young people and adults. They also highlight areas to which the industry sectors will need to respond, such as improving work placements or in-company training opportunities and raising their sectors' image. This is the first stage of what must be an ongoing dialogue between employers, government, the Learning and Skills Council and other key partner organisations to ensure the integration of the reports' findings in the strategic planning process for learing and skills and workforce development plans."