Higher Level Skills in the Tees Valley. Dr Ruth Helyer Dionne Lee Teesside University. Remember Leitch and the Challenges?. UK has an under-qualified & under-skilled workforce 70% of the 2020 UK workforce have already left school Limited employer understanding of higher skills needs
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Dr Ruth Helyer
Employers & employees need higher level skills for jobs and industries that don’t yet exist: changeable, adaptable, pre-emptive
So, What do Companies Think??
Change is unavoidable
‘The company needs to move into other areas of business in order to expand and grow; we will only be able to do this by investing in the right training for our employees’ (Engineering Company)
Companies will invest, especially if:
Investing in training is essential
‘Over the next several years we will expand and grow, but only if we invest in training for our employees…’ (Engineering company)
Who delivers the training matters
‘Practitioners are often the best qualified to train others and academics should work with them whenever possible’ (Manufacturing Company)
The HE skills landscape is confusing
‘Education providers need to explain what higher level skills actually are and what they can do for an employee’s potential and an organisation’s success’
(Interviewee from Training Company)
Clear lines of communication are essential between stakeholders
‘We need more training providers who are prepared to talk to businesses and ask what our needs are’ (Engineering Company)
Gather LMI to ensure that skills policies and HEI’s programmes evolve and stay relevant
‘More than anything, training has to be business relevant and providers need to be very flexible in developing and delivering training packages that are tailored to individual needs’
There needs to be a balance between general and specific skills
What kind of skills do you think our survey respondents asked for?
The sector needs more training that is relevant to companies’ specific industries and is assessed on the job (Logistics Company)
...ideally provide[s] short modules and tailored to individual needs… (Digital Media Company)
What can HEIs do?
‘The sector is predominantly a graduate sector, we would like to see more training opportunities at a post-graduate level’ (Digital Media Organisation)
‘Innovations are so rapid, to be successful you must be prepared to strive to continuously develop your skills and knowledge’ (Digital Media Organisation)
The future holds uncertainty, but:
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