Skills Shortages in Greater Manchester

In recent years we have seen unemployment in the UK decrease to an astonishing 4% (The lowest it has been since 1975)

Skill shortages, they affect everyone, in every region. That’s why we The British Institute of Recruiters have made it our mission to bridge the gap between, Local Governments, Training Providers and The skills market.

In recent years we have seen unemployment in the UK decrease to an astonishing 4% (The lowest it has been since 1975) but, is there more we can do? Can we decrease this amount to 3.5 even 3% why stop at 4 when we are clearly heading in the right Direction?

This is why we recently interviewed:

Chris Prichard: Employer Advisor Manager.

Chris has 19 years experience in the External Relations Department. Chris’ 19-year career in this area has always been within Job Centre Plus. Chris has always worked within the Greater Manchester area so, it is safe to say he has proved his worth to the local community. The work of Chris and his team is commendable. But, are there certain areas in which we can focus our particular attention on and work with Chris to bridge the gap?

Chris first stated how proud he was of his team at Job Centre Plus on their involvement on reducing unemployment to its current low level of 4% by creating a one-stop shop for job seekers in order to aid them in getting back to work. The help they provide includes anything that may be required from help and guidance on how to acquire the necessary skills for certain roles down to mental health training.

Chris stated that there are shortages in certain sectors and roles and that this will always cause concern for the development of our Economy. However, he also went on to say that certain shift patterns will always be hard to fill roles due to a variety of reasons some of which are out of our control and others that are, for example, Travel issues this is within our control it has been noted and the conversations with the relevant people are underway However, home commitments are not within our control. There are more sole parent households than there was historically. A sole parent of 2 wouldn’t be able to attend a 3pm shift at Manchester airport, its not realistic to think that they could.

However, it is the role of the job centre to manage the expectations of job seekers and employers.

In order to bridge that Gap.

The Top main industries we have skill shortages in are the; Care, Hospitality, Logistics, Construction, However, there is one to consider for the Future, Digital Roles. Our world, the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell is adapting and changing constantly so we need to ensure we have the expertise needed in order to support the transition into a more digital world.

Chris Stressed that he didn’t believe that pay was not the reason for these shortages but that this was more to do with, Travel issues, shift patterns and lengths and on the flip side employer expectations. If companies to had more faith in care leavers, individuals with disabilities, Ex-offenders and to some extent lone parents we would be able to bridge that gap and continue to keep the UK unemployment level heading in the right direction.

As well as ensuring the correct skills are taught and ALL skills sets required are taught and correctly marketed in order to ensure these skills sets are not lost in our future generations. For example in the construction sector, there are shortages in not only labourers but in trades e.g electricians, plumbers, high paid skilled roles which aren’t being taught at a young age and haven’t been effectively marketed.

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