This week, the GC Business Growth Hub has released a White Paper called ‘Attracting, retaining and developing talent in the manufacturing sector’. Here are my thoughts on the results.
As part of GM Digital Skills Day (7 February), we’re proud to celebrate this activity and explore the ways in which we can all do our bit to help to address the digital skills shortage and meet the demands of the future.
Lancashire-based Get Work, a service that generates local leads for tradespeople, has received a £100k loan from NPIF - BFS & MSIF Microfinance, a product managed by GC Business Finance & MSIF and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
300 North West small and medium sized manufacturers have secured support, including specialised advice and £1.6M of funding, in the first year of the Made Smarter programme.
Over 17,000 young people from across the North West have expressed an interest in the National Citizen Service (NCS) since the Growth Company was awarded the contract to manage delivery in the region just over a month ago.
Today, the Growth Company has launched ‘Our Services for Your People’, a campaign designed to show businesses how the Group can support their growth ambitions through skills, recruitment and organisational improvement programmes.
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.