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BCC publishes Workplace Training and Development Commission progress report

The British Chambers of Commerce Workplace Training and Development Commission has published its progress report on how businesses can address critical skill shortages in the UK workforce.

BCC responds to the opening of the Kickstart scheme

BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton comments on the launch of the Kickstart scheme.

BCC/Totaljobs: Almost a third of firms will decrease size of workforce in next three months

Results from the BCC’s Quarterly Recruitment Outlook, in partnership with Totaljobs, reveal the impact Coronavirus has had on the jobs market, with the two organisations calling for further action from government to protect businesses and jobs. 29% of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months 28% decreased size of workforce in Q2 but 66% kept their workforce constant, reinforcing the success of the Job Retention Scheme The two organisations call for a cut in employer National Insurance Contributions to protect businesses and jobs.

BCC responds to the Education Secretary's plan to reform Further Education

BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton comments on the Education Secretary's speech today on plans to reform Further Education at the Social Market Foundation.

BCC responds to the Chancellor’s Summer Statement

BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall comments on the Chancellor's Summer Statement, announced today.

BCC responds to the government's Kickstart Scheme

BCC Co-Executive Director Claire Walker comments on the announcement of the government’s Kickstart Scheme, allowing employers to offer government-subsidised work placements for young people aged between 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

BCC comments on proposals for new UK immigration system

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the government's policy proposals for a points-based immigration system.

BCC comments on ONS labour market data

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the ONS labour market figures for February 2020.

BCC/Totaljobs: Budget must address critical skills shortages to ‘level up’ UK growth

Over half of UK firms attempted to recruit in the last quarter of 2019, but almost three quarters have struggled to find the right talent, the largest survey of UK employers has found.

BCC comments on National Apprenticeship Week

Jane Gratton, BCC head of people comments on National Apprenticeships Week 2020.