The UK is keen to bridge its skills gap and bring productivity levels in line with other countries. While strides are being made, there's a recognition of the ongoing effort required to nurture productivity and to create a more balanced landscape of opportunities across the country.
Different localities have different skills needs, changes and gaps, which each require a bespoke approach. Our research reiterates that local leaders are best placed to understand local labour market conditions, and to work with local employers and education providers to support the development of future skills.
With expertise and understanding of local and regional skills needs and how to address them we can support northern communities and economies to flourish.