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Skills shortages preventing business growth in South West

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 18 December 2018 17:04

Skills shortages preventing business growth in South West

Skills shortages in the South West are creating barriers to growth, according to a study by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and Business West.

Some 52 per cent of businesses which tried to recruit in the last 12 months have found it difficult to fill job roles, with 68.5 per cent blaming a low number of applicants with the required skills and qualifications.

“The skills shortage is prevalent across the country and this, coupled with our low unemployment rate in the West of England, can mean businesses really struggle to recruit the right staff for now and in the future,” said Nicky Williams, head of skills at Business West.

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Business West is encouraging business leaders to take part in its Business Skills and Training Survey to help shape the region’s agenda.

Nicky added: “We want to ensure workforce skill levels are fit for the challenges of the future and the starting point for this is knowing exactly what specific challenges businesses are facing in each of their sectors and as a whole.”

The survey, open to business in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, takes 10 minutes. Every firm that completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win a team experience day.

To take part, visit

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