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15 January 2020

Let's skill Dorset together!

Lets skill Dorset together!

As Dorset evolves and seeks to expand growth in industrial strengths, it is important to ensure the current and future workforce is equipped with the required, and desired, skills.

In response to this, Dorset LEP, working with Serco, invites all employers in Dorset to complete the Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey to help identify the current and future skills and workforce training needed across the region.

The findings will help identify strategic priority areas as Dorset LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel & Board develop a long-term Dorset People and Skills Plan to support business performance and growth in Dorset.

This is the chance for local organisations to share their challenges around skills, and influence the development of future skills development and support in Dorset.

Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director, said: “As employers strive to recruit a successful and skilled workforce, they need an availability of willing employees with relevant experience, skills and education. On top of this, these people need to be available in the location which the business requires.

“One way to aim for this sustainable workforce is through government funding. It is in the government’s interest to fund skills development strategies which include the needs and wants of specific industry sectors, so that employers are equipped with an optimum workforce. This equals better employment rates and business prosperity in the UK.

“This skills survey strives to understand the experience of recruitment in Dorset, is recruitment and retention a challenge for your company? With this information Dorset LEP may appropriately set the strategic direction of the county's employment needs in the future, calling for what’s best for the region economically, but also socially and environmentally. We are well placed to listen to local businesses and inform government of the skills needed for the region to survive - and thrive in the future. Therefore, we want to help Dorset’s local businesses with this skills challenge. But, we need the help of our incredible local businesses!”

Those completing the survey can opt to enter a prize draw for the chance to win a free 2-hour business evaluation and advice consultancy session with an external business growth expert.

Complete the survey before the extended deadline of 9AM on Friday 14 February 2020.

You’re also invited to share this survey link with your network and on social media using #DorsetSkills.


Notes to Editors:

This research is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and this survey is brought to you by Serco and delivered by Winning Moves on behalf of Dorset LEP.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led private and public sector partnership, promoting local economic growth and prosperity. Dorset LEP deliver projects that support and develop infrastructure, housing, skills, enterprise and business growth to achieve long-term economic benefit for all in Dorset. For more information visit the Dorset LEP website

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