Coventry businesses urged politicians to boost skills  - The Coventry Observer

Coventry businesses urged politicians to boost skills 

Holly Clement 21st Jun, 2024   0

COVENTRY and Warwickshire business leaders said boosting skills should be a key priority for the next government whilst urging politicians not to tear up the system.

The chamber of commerce has set out three key barriers to growth for firms in the region.

The chamber said a shortage of employment land and the cost of doing business are holding back regional business as well as a shortage of skills which makes recruitment difficult.

That inability to find the right staff means that businesses with strong order books are still struggling to grow because they don’t have the workforce to meet demand.

Sally Lucas, executive director of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training said: “We want to see a skills system that supports the creation of higher skilled, higher value jobs with structures that are easy to access and navigate, free from red tape and bureaucracy which flexibly meets the needs of all businesses – particularly SMEs.

“It needs to be a simplified, stable and clear system, which raises the demand for skills amongst employers through a system that is familiar and well understood.

Employers need targeted support, advice and guidance to articulate their skills needs and access appropriate solutions.

“The next Government, whoever that might be, needs to create coherent pathways where parts of the system join up and interlink.”

The West Midlands and Warwickshire was awarded more than £10million to deliver on the plan last year.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “Skills has barely been mentioned in the campaign so far and, yet, it is fundamental to the growth of the economy.

“When you look at this area alone, we’ve potentially got exciting developments at HORIBA MIRA, Wellesbourne, the Gigapark and at Ansty which could create up to 30,000 jobs and we need to make sure we have the people with the skills to meet that demand.”


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