Helping your business navigate the education and skills landscape
Businesses now need to become co-producers in our skills system. The CBI is committed to continue guiding the need to boost productivity and to overcome the labour shortage crisis. Therefore, the Education Landscape Guide and Index is shared with you once more, with the resources page now refreshed with a couple of new case studies to reflect the more recent challenges in this area.
A skilled workforce is at the heart of every successful business and attracting and developing the right workforce can be a challenge.
Getting involved with the education and skills system can be part of the solution, even for small businesses. Recruitment for example, becomes streamlined because you’ve engaged early with the next generation of talent. And your existing workforce can gain from flexible upskilling or reskilling options revealing new opportunities for your business to grow.
That said, we know that education and skills in England have changed and can be complex to understand, which is where Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers comes in.
Did you know:
- Small and medium-sized businesses make up 99% of registered businesses in the UK.
- Four out of five have recruitment concerns, and more than half fear there is a lack of candidates with the right knowledge and skills.
A national commitment to small business employers
This Guide has been developed in partnership with organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, British Chamber of Commerce, and the Institute of Directors to help businesses across England. The guide includes a clear, short overview of the education and landscape system, and concise information about the education and skills opportunities that businesses can engage with – complete with useful links for the options you want to prioritise.
Jenifer Burden, Gatsby Director of Programmes explains, “Whether it’s careers fairs, industry placements for older students, apprenticeships, or shorter programmes to support upskilling for employees, the need for education and business to collaborate has never been stronger. For a small business, however, the breadth and variety of the opportunities can be hard to keep up with, especially for those without dedicated Human Resources or Learning & Development teams.
“This is why we are working with trusted business support organisations to provide small businesses with a clear starting point. The Education Landscape Guide explains how SMEs can get involved with education and skills and shares the benefits that small business owners have experienced.
“By being involved, business support organisations are working closely with SMEs, widening the career opportunities for young people and nurturing the critical role businesses play in building and developing their skilled workforce.”
Find out more about how the Guide can benefit you.