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Closing the gap between academia and employment

Closing the skills gap between education and the workplace has been frequently flagged as a key concern for employers.

School-leavers, including college and university graduates, have been found to be lacking even the basic preparedness for the transition from academia to employment.

The result is a significant challenge for businesses across the East Midlands, and the country, in terms of recruitment and workforce development.

In a bid to address these issues, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has organised an event to bring together businesses and those who deliver education and training across the region.

The aim of the East Midlands Skills Summit – Forging the Link will be to identify the challenges faced by business and find practical solutions.

Through a series of workshops and presentations, those attending the morning event will take away information and meaningful relationships they need to develop meaningful solutions to the issue.

Presenters and workshops will include:
•Ofsted - how educators are measured to ensure young people are fit for work and what regulation needs to be in place to ensure it happens
•National Apprenticeship Service - what will the new apprenticeship reforms mean for employers and the learner?
•UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) – improving leadership and management skills in UK business to support growth
•Centre for Cities – how the US tackles improving outcomes for young people, providing a series of recommendations for local authorities and businesses
•CITB –construction sector support for employers and schools
•Career Codex - unlocking the secret to jobseeker success - the power of work experience and employer engagement strategies
•Evolve Trust - delivering employability skills in schools - best practice
•D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership - Employability Framework and the National Careers Service Offer
•Regional Universities – support for business
•OCR – identifying maths and English skills lacking in your business and strategies to make sure you have the right skills for their employment with you.

Ian Bates, Forums Manager and skills lead for the Chamber, said: “The lack of preparedness of school leavers for the workplace continues to be one of the main issues raised in our quarterly surveys. It has been a serious concern for quite some time but has become increasingly so in the past year to 18 months as businesses look to increase their workforce.

“In the past year, it has been recognised as a serious problem and one which needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency, something the Chamber has been actively encouraging. The East Midlands Skills Summit – Forging the Link is one of the ways in which we are acting as a bridge between academia and business to overcome this obstacle to employment.”

East Midlands Skills Summit – Forging the Link takes place between 8am and 1.30pm on 9 June, at the National College for Teaching and Leadership, Triumph Road, Nottingham. For further information and to book visit http://bit.ly/1Dl6srV.