Businesses need talented people to enable growth and productivity improvement. In the manufacturing and engineering sectors there are concerns regarding an ageing workforce and insufficient number of skilled people. The Midlands Engine will respond to this challenge.
The availability of a strong talent pool is crucial to enable employers to improve their productivity and grow more quickly. The Midlands Engine will work to ensure that the employer base links closely with skills providers and that skills training is tailored to employer demand. This includes helping our future workforce understand the nature of upcoming employment opportunities and the skills levels these demand.
Building on established partnerships and creating new ones, the Midlands Engine will encourage employers and employees to work closely with skills providers. Clearer skills pathways will develop, and we will encourage more people to take up an apprenticeship and more businesses to take on apprentices.