Skills shortage hitting local firms

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Skills shortage hitting local firms

It’s being claimed that more than half of businesses in the East of England are facing a shortage of skilled workers.

According to a new study, more than two thirds need more highly-trained staff.

But, many are already struggling to recruiting people with the right qualificaitons in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Richard Tunnicliffe, CBI Regional Director East of England, told Connect FM:

“While the East of England economy continues to make headway we must be on our guard as local growth risks being undermined by a shortage of the higher-level skills businesses need to get on, and the situation is only set to get worse.

”High-growth, high-value sectors, with the most potential are under the most pressure, like science, engineering, digital and manufacturing. We must make sure that our education and skills system is truly responsive to the needs of business and that young people receive much better careers advice, if we are to propel the East of England economy forward in the years ahead.”

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