Dr Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) comments on the announcement that the UK and EU negotiators have come to an agreement.
Multiple changes to the skills system, varying quality training and resources and an evolving working environment mean that UK business struggle to find the right people for their teams. Chamber research shows that over half of UK businesses say the time taken to fill average vacancies is longer than five years ago.
The Chamber Network is working with government, businesses, academics and employees to address these crucial issues by focusing on three key areas:
Launching in the Autumn, this UK-wide, policy-led Commission will create a strategy to make the skills system work better for business. It will focus on:
Commissioners will be high profile, influential thinkers and leaders in their field and in the skills arena.
The first consultation period of the Commission will open imminently.
For more information and to find out how you can submit evidence to the Commission, please contact Jane Gratton.
In February 2020, Business Showcase Days will open the doors of Chambers and businesses to their local communities, providing a chance for people to see first-hand the range of different career paths on offer in local businesses.
Chambers tell us that businesses across the UK are struggling to attract and retain homegrown talent, and that school and college leavers aren’t aware of the job prospects in local firms. Chambers of Commerce are uniquely placed to help their local communities thrive and introduce them to the career opportunities in local companies.
Business Showcase Days will also help Chambers build connections with local schools and colleges and position Chambers at the forefront of harnessing and developing local talent.
For more information and to get involved, please contact Faye Busby.
The third phase of the campaign will be to support business in the recruitment and retention of a skilled and diverse workforce. Our research found a 39% increase in the number of employees requesting flexible working arrangements compared to two years ago. To be launched in 2020, the flexible working initiative will provide firms with the guidance and resources to create modern, flexible working environments for all employees.
The focus is to enable firms to recruit from a wider talent pool and retain workers who might otherwise leave the business by helping firms establish their own flexible working policies.
Together our campaign will celebrate, support and develop the people at the heart of our business community.
There are numerous ways to get involved, so get in touch with the Chamber team today!
Today BCC and 19 Chambers of Commerce along the HS2 route and off it write to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport on why we stand rock solid behind the project and the need to deliver all phases of this crucial infrastructure project.
To ensure that the BCC remains at the forefront of the international trade debate, representatives attended the WTO's 2019 public forum in Geneva last week.