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BCC convenes businesses to tackle skills shortage

This month, Chambers of Commerce across the four nations are bringing businesses together to discuss the ongoing problem of skills shortages and how to overcome them.

With three in four employers experiencing recruitment difficulties - and changes to immigration policies ahead - firms are now looking for different ways to plug skills gaps and fill job vacancies.

Making better use of untapped talent already in the workplace through training, up-skilling and re-skilling is an obvious solution - but we know that many business find investing in people development difficult. It’s vital that we identify practical solutions to any barriers they may be facing.

Some businesses are leading the way on this – and it makes sense to share their ideas and solutions with others across the UK. Inspired by the British Chambers of Commerce Workforce Training and Development Commisison’s Call for Evidence, Chambers of Commerce from Aberdeen to Suffolk are convening employers of all sizes and sectors to discuss the way forward.

Join in the debate - share your ideas - and help shape the future of skills policy at a local and national level.

Contact BCC Head of People Policy, Jane Gratton, to get involved and for further information.

Training and Development Commission: timeline

  • 3 February: Call for Evidence deadline. If you haven’t completed this, please do so now!
  • 17 February: Commissioners reviewing responses to the Call for Evidence and hear from expert winesses
  • Late February/March: Interim report published based on initial findings; this will provide a second opportunity for businesses to feed in views.

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