London manufacturing is worst sector for training

Manufacturing is the worst industry sector for training provision in London, a report for London’s Training & Enterprise Councils (Tecs) has found. Equally, employees are ‘distinctly uninterested’ in training, says the survey by The London Skills Forecasting Unit, established by London’s seven Tecs. It predicts ‘severe difficulties’ for recruitment as a result. The survey says […]

Manufacturing is the worst industry sector for training provision in London, a report for London’s Training & Enterprise Councils (Tecs) has found.

Equally, employees are ‘distinctly uninterested’ in training, says the survey by The London Skills Forecasting Unit, established by London’s seven Tecs. It predicts ‘severe difficulties’ for recruitment as a result.

The survey says only 31% of manufacturing employers in the capital offered training to their workers last year, the lowest level of any sector.

Martin Taft of Made in London, a Tec-funded manufacturing training body, said: ‘At the first sign of difficulty, manufacturers tend to claw back on training. But they are shooting themselves in the foot by creating a skills gap.’

Up to 70% of employees said they were not considering further training.

The survey identified skill shortages in IT, marketing and engineering. It said 25% of employers thought their workers lacked skills and 70% of companies with craft-related vacancies found them hard to fill.

Taft said that London had a particular problem because of the diversity of its manufacturing base and the small size of most firms.

Kay Hand of London Tec Council said that more in-depth research would take place to identify particular problem areas. ‘We want to find out how we can translate this into effective training,’ she said.

Surveys of the same type are to be done in other regions. They are also being done in Paris, Berlin, Milan and Turin.

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