Skills shortages are a key concern for Somerset businesses in 2019

Skills needs are highest on the agenda for Somerset businesses, according to the latest membership survey from Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

56% of respondents to the Chamber’s annual membership survey identified issues around education and skills as a major concern for their business - more than any other issue, including Brexit. A total of 92 different businesses responded to the 2018 membership survey, representing firms of varying sizes and from a wide range of industries.

Somerset Chamber is actively addressing this issue by supporting the Somerset Education Business Partnership, developed with Somerset County Council and which aims to build strong connections between businesses and schools, colleges and other training providers.

Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce is also a member of the Somerset Employment and Skills Steering Group, working with partners to address skills issues across the county. Stephen commented:

“Whilst there is considerable debate around Brexit, the results of the Somerset Chamber membership survey show that the skills shortages faced by the county’s businesses continue to be a significant concern. As a result, we will be prioritising these issues in our activity."

Tags: Employers

Released On 7th Jan 2019

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