As part of JAM’s ongoing partnership with EEF, together we have conducted a survey entitled ‘Skills for Growth: A more productive and flexible labour force’.
The report looks at how training providers, qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks must respond to what manufacturers need.
There was a number of key findings from the survey including…
- Staffing problems are driven by candidates’ lack of technical skills and experience, as well as a lack of applicants for jobs
- Large number of companies expect skill needs to increase in next three years
- Majority said training spend would moderately or significantly increase in next two years.
John Morris, chief executive of JAM Recruitment, said: “At a time of rising unemployment, we have to actively promote the opportunities in the sector to younger generations. As it stands, the government is doing too little to educate at a grass-roots level about the benefits of choosing a career in manufacturing.
How many school leavers today are aware that starting salaries for engineers are often significantly higher than in other jobs, for example?”
To view the full EEF/JAM Recruitment Skills for Growth survey report Click here