The UK Commission for Employment and Skills have published out their annual survey revealing a chronic skills shortage for small businesses.
It highlights an increase in recruitment is that a growing number of jobs are being left unfilled because companies cannot find the right people with the right skills.
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The construction sector, which contributes nearly £90bn to the UK economy, over a million jobs and is strategically important in its contribution to housing, infrastructure and initiatives to stimulate UK growth. However, employers are struggling to fill one in three construction vacancies, up from one in four in 2013, because they cannot find people with the right skills.
Liberal Democrat Business spokesperson Lorely Burt said: “This report shows why we need real investment in skills and training, not just at the start of someone’s career, but through their entire life. We cannot hope for British businesses to thrive if we starve them of the skills they need.”
“Liberal Democrats want to see a core national curriculum focused on ensuring people leave school with the basic skills they need and a real investment in part time and adult education, so people can train and adapt to fill the roles our changing economy needs.
“Instead the Government has frozen the Further Education budget, cut funding for additional education support and abolished maintenance grants making it harder for people from the poorest backgrounds to go to university.”