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People Power

Does the UK economy have the skilled people it needs for the future?

As Britain prepares itself to broker a new relationship with the EU, the skills gaps and shortages we have grappled with for years look set to increase significantly. This is particularly difficult for certain industries who are most heavily reliant on a steady flow of international labour and haven’t yet built up the right infrastructure to home-grow the talent they need.

To better understand the skills gaps and shortages currently facing businesses, we spoke to employers from a range of sectors, including construction, digital, retail, hospitality and healthcare about their growth plans, skills and development issues, and factors affecting their ability to succeed looking ahead to the next three to five years.

Our People Power report offers insight into:

  • which internal and external factors might impact on the ability of businesses to grow over the next three to five years
  • what kind of impact skills gaps have on businesses
  • how the skills gaps should be tackled in the UK
  • what value training programmes bring to the business
  • which piece of Government policy will be most effective at tackling skills gaps.

Download sector reports >

What do businesses have to say about reducing the impact of skills gaps?

Watch our short video to find out what businesses such as MBDA UK, Health Education England, NHS, and Heathrow are doing to reduce the impact of skills gaps and what they think could be done at a policy level to tackle this.

How we can help

Review your people strategy and learning programmes

Using our expertise in skills development, training and delivery we will work with your Human Resource, Talent Management, and Learning and Development teams to help develop or review your people plan and talent pipeline.

We always look to help stretch your strategic ambition and position your organisation as a leader in your field. This might entail supporting you to develop your own academies, design qualifications and business improvement programmes, as well as meeting your compliance obligations.

Drive staff retention through employee engagement

An effective retention programme isn't just about keeping employees in your organisation, it's about maintaining job performance and productivity. Training programmes help businesses build a more qualified and better-trained workforce with the right skills for the job. This, in turn, drives staff engagement and loyalty.

Our learning experts have decades of experience in training and have worked in, and consulted for, blue chip organisations such as Barclays, KPMG and Tesco.

Find out more about our apprenticeship offer or our Assured service.

Live the values of your corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Staff and customer engagement, brand reputation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are crucial to underpinning business success and growth.

Living the values of your CSR will depend on your people and their training, but through careful planning and expert advice we can help you build skills development to embed CSR and help enhance your reputation.

Understand the impact of education policy on your business

Our consultants can work with you and your senior leadership team to help you get to grips with policy and funding changes, understand their impact and develop a strategy to future proof your business.

We have extensive experience complying with and applying regulatory body requirements such as those by the ESFA, Ofsted, Institute for Apprenticeships, Ofqual and more.

You can be assured of an objective and holistic review giving you a complete and accurate picture of where your organisation performs against government regulations along with recommendations for improvement.

Attract and identify the right candidates and get them work ready

If you’re looking for talented people to become your apprentice, you could try our online solution to find the talent you need.

The City & Guilds TalentPortal is a simple, web-based system that lets you search for candidates based on the sector they want to work in, their location and experience. And because you can use TalentPortal to post vacancies too, you can reach out to candidates right from the start. It’s a credit-based system meaning you can easily manage your recruitment costs.

To find out more, including a short demo of how TalentPortal works, you can watch our webinar.

Download your copy of our People Power report

We have five industry specific sector reports available for you to download as well as a full report. Below are a list of reports available for you to download.

Download Construction report >

Download Healthcare report >

Download Retail report >

Download Hospitality & Catering report >

Download Digital report >

Download full report >