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1 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Skills Research and Intelligence Clare Hughes Principal Development Officer Lincolnshire County Council

2 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Employment and Skills Plan 2010

3 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Supply of Skills How we inspire achievement of our young people so that levels of attainment at 16 are replicated at Level 3 How we help people realise their potential and reduce pockets of long term unemployment and skills deprivation

4 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Demand for Skills How we increase the demand for skills/higher level skills amongst employers, particularly SMEs How we retain talent within the area through creation of higher skilled opportunities

5 Lincolnshire Research Observatory The Changing Landscape Skills Funding Agency/Young People’s Learning Agency Minimum contract levels Tuition Fees University Technical Colleges National Career information, Advice and Guidance Raising Participation Age Further Education Loans

6 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Sector Reports – Skills Gaps Agri-Food Manufacturing/Engineering Visitor Economy

7 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Manufacturing/Engineering Overwhelming shortage of technical management skills Recruitment difficult, particularly for smaller and rural businesses. Training regarded as the answer but cost and travel to learn are barriers New recruits: lack experience in application of skills

8 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Despite efforts to resolve the sector continues to face recruitment challenges Hard to fill vacancies include skilled and low skilled Workforce most common skills gaps communication, literacy and numeracy Agri-Food

9 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Visitor Economy Work-readiness of young people entering front-line, customer service roles. Recruiting chefs/skilled kitchen staff Business skills of owner-managers Seasonal nature of employment on the Coast

10 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Themes Hard to fill vacancies Lack of technical and skilled labour e.g. food technology Supervisory & management skills of technical staff Difficult to ‘grow your own’ Perception of sectors/opportunities within them make for a reluctant labour market Lack of awareness amongst learners, parents & schools of career paths and technological advancements. Business skills of owners Owner managers lacking skills to run the business, including recruitment and HR knowledge Work ReadinessPercentage of young people & adults lacking a willingness to learn

11 Lincolnshire Research Observatory Next Steps


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