Manufacturing skills crunch threatens productivity gains.

‘Most manufacturing firms are struggling to recruit skilled workers, which threatens to "derail" productivity gains, a new report has warned.

The Government was accused of failing to get to grips with the "skills crunch" despite an expected rise in demand for suitably qualified staff.

The EEF manufacturers' group said a survey of over 200 firms found that three out of four faced problems recruiting skilled staff in the past three years.’ – Manchester Evening News

‘The EEF used its report to renew its complaints over the cost to employers from a new national living wage coming in this week and an anticipated apprenticeship levy due to start next year. It also demanded more help on skills from the government, which has pledged a “march of the makers” and less reliance on consumer spending to fuel economic growth.

Responding to the report, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said the government was working closely with manufacturers to raise productivity and had already cut red tape and invested £6.9bn in the UK’s research infrastructure.

A BIS spokeswoman added: “We are supporting employers up and down the country to address skills challenges by pressing ahead with our reforms to education, skills training and higher education, making sure every young person has the skills employers need now and for the jobs of the future. That includes with the new apprenticeship levy putting employers back in the driving seat.”’ - Guardian


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