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SCOTTISH BUSINESSES NEED WORK READY EMPLOYEES - AND SEE THE BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN THEIR PEOPLE

[ 15-04-2013 ]

Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Skills Development Scotland today (Monday 15 April 2013) released the results of their first 2013 Skills Pulse Survey.  
 
Commenting, Scottish Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive Liz Cameron said: 
 
“Members of Chambers of Commerce in Scotland employ nearly half a million people, across businesses of all sizes and in all sectors – so this survey is a great snapshot of businesses’ activity and needs in skills and training.
 
“It is important that we work collectively to identify what employers’ skills needs are – not just now, but in five or ten years’ time.  This intelligence is crucial to determining the training provision that will be needed to make sure that businesses have the resources they need to grow – and that our young people have the skills they need to succeed in the jobs market.”
 
“These survey results provide two really clear lessons for all of us – businesses and the public sector – to take on board.  Firstly, our member businesses recognise the benefits of staff training, and investing in their employees.  Secondly, employers look for a basic level of work readiness, literacy and numeracy in job applicants – but are happy to build on this foundation to support their employees to build their skills.”
 
 
Damien Yeates, chief executive of Skills Development Scotland said:
 
“The survey results confirm that businesses recognise the benefits of workforce training and development, both for the organisation and for their employees.  The recent introduction of a new SDS employer services team allied with the Our Skillsforce web service helps to arm employers with vital information on the skills support services available from public sector organisations across Scotland.  The web service also enables employers to flag their skills and recruitment needs through a Skills Alert feature and be assisted to the best available support package for recruitment and training.”
 
 

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