Jon-Paul Rimington, MD of the Growth Company Education & Skills, discusses the importance of apprenticeships in bridging skills gaps and helping businesses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
When I attend networking events, I often hear the same problems being raised by companies in the manufacturing and engineering sectors: ‘what do we do about the lack of skills?’ While there is always a need to ensure organisations develop employees for skills retention, I believe this to be more of a lack of awareness of the vast array of opportunities available within these sectors.
Recently, Employment Minister Alok Sharma announced that jobseekers will soon benefit from a mentoring scheme designed to tackle employment inequality across the UK. Michelle Leeson, managing director of GC Employment, speaks about the changes this initiative could have.
The care industry is facing a growing workforce crisis – a crisis which, according to IPPR research, is ‘undermining the sustainability of the system and quality of care across the north of England’. Given that Greater Manchester (and beyond) is facing challenges associated with an ageing population, the findings are very worrying.
Since it began 12 years ago, the Make It campaign has inspired more than 70,000 students and schools – showing youngsters from a wide range of backgrounds what they can expect if they pursue a career in the world of manufacturing.
This week is Get Online Week, which is the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign. Here at the Growth Company, we’re passionate about helping the people of Greater Manchester to boost their digital skills and feel more confident online. So, we jumped at the chance to get involved.
A new report published today has found that too many people from disadvantaged backgrounds are still facing barriers that are preventing them from doing an apprenticeship. Here at the Growth Company, we’re proud to engage with some of the hardest-to-reach young people from Greater Manchester and beyond to help them find the right apprenticeship and boost their career prospects.
Today, the Chancellor announced plans to invest £125m into apprenticeships and new jobs within STEM industries. As I’ve highlighted previously, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors are facing a growing skills gap, so it’s going to be a welcome boost that will help to create a strong workforce going forward.
The world around is constantly changing and moving forward, and it’s amazing to think how much technological advances have changed the way we live. What’s even more mind-blowing is just how many of the things we use every day require code to operate – from the apps we scroll through on our smartphones to the microwave we bung our ready-meal into at the end of a long day.