Developing the right skills for a geographical area is a major challenge. Will Cookson has found a way to identify skills demand in the Thames Valley Whenever we are confronted by a challenge, one of the key factors determining whether the decisions we take turn out to be good or bad is the level of knowledge we have about the situation to begin with. This principle very much applies to the question of how to fix the nation’s skills shortages, which have undoubtedly become more acute in recent years. One of the mistakes that is often made around skills is to try to fix the problem without first getting acquainted with what the skills gaps actually are and where they are. Instead, there is a tendency to make assumptions about what is needed across the nation, and then to apply the apparent solutions with a broad brush to all regions. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Will Cookson is business development manager for economic development for Emsi UK, the Labour Market Insight specialists.
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