Portsmouth looking to find out what skills matter most to city businesses

BUSINESSES are being urged to reveal what skills matter the most to them as part of a major push to equip the next generation of local workers for the future.

Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 2:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:38 pm
Stef Nienaltowski, of Shaping Portsmouth, with pupil Beth Reynolds (15) at King Richard School. Picture: Sarah Standing (150223-7158)

Shaping Portsmouth, the business group that brings together companies and organisations from across the city, is asking employers to fill in a 10-minute online survey about skills and training.

Stef Nienaltowski, director of Shaping Portsmouth, said the survey was a vital project that would help change the way young people were prepared for work.

‘We're working with local colleges, training providers, the university and the council on this very important issue,’ he said. ‘We're committed to changing the way we're preparing the next generation for the world of work.

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‘We need local business people to do this quick survey so we can better understand their skill needs now and in the future.

‘We want to make sure we know exactly what Portsmouth businesses need, rather than use national data that might not reflect the local picture.

‘Once we've identified the skill gaps the Portsmouth business community is experiencing, we can work on setting up courses that fill these gaps.

‘We can help make sure that there are more highly-qualified local people available to work for businesses in the city, and fewer people without qualifications.’

The study is being run by Portsmouth City Council, a partner in Shaping Portsmouth, on behalf of the whole organisation.

It asks employers about the skills their workforces have, or lack, and whether they struggle to fill particular vacancies.

It also asks for their views on apprenticeships, the educational system and training.