South West colleges aim to encourage new entrants into the world of training and skills development

Acknowledging a lack of staff to provide training as being a potential obstacle to achieving the aims of the government’s Industrial Strategy in the West of England, SGS, City of Bristol and City of Bath Colleges in partnership with the Western Training Provider Network and Business West, will combine as a consortium to host a recruitment event on 9th February. The event aims to attract a cross section of attendees including those who are retired or approaching retirement age who want to share their knowledge, skilled employees who are interested in flexible employment options to supplement their existing salaries, women looking to return to the workplace, those looking to move from industry into the classroom as well as anyone at the start of their career path. For the full picture on this subject please read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd. today.

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Colleges launch training recruitment drive

A consortium of colleges is working on a recruitment event to encourage new entrants into the world of training and skills development.

SGS, City of Bristol and City of Bath Colleges said a lack of staff to provide training is a potential obstacle to achieving the aims of the government’s Industrial Strategy in the West of England.

According to the colleges, without teachers and trainers in place, there can be no more training of new industry recruits to the standards businesses are looking for.

In partnership with the Western Training Provider Network and Business West, the consortium is hosting a recruitment event on Friday 9 February at the SGS WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The event aims to attract a cross section of attendees including those who are retired or coming to retirement age and who want to share their knowledge, skilled employees who are interested in flexible employment options to supplement their existing salaries, women looking to return to the workplace, those looking to move from industry into the classroom and anyone at the start of their career path.

SGS College, like many educational institutions in the region, said it is currently facing major issues recruiting qualified, industry experienced staff in several key sectors including, but not exclusively, construction, engineering, digital and high tech.

Currently the college has more than 90 hard to fill vacancies, a situation it said is mirrored across the sector within the West of England.

A particular problem cited was skilled trainers being able to earn far more in industry than within the skills delivery sector.

Business West director Ian Mean said: “Skills and upskilling our workforce in the region is perhaps the greatest challenge for business.

“So, we need to recruit great teachers and trainers for the digital age. A lot of retired people or those nearing retirement with specialist skills could really make a difference to help our young people into the world of work and this event provides an ideal platform to find out more.”

Sara-Jane Watkins, principal at SGS College, added: “The inability to recruit and retain high calibre teaching staff is a significant concern to the colleges within the West of England, and to other training providers locally, as without the ability to recruit high-calibre teaching staff with the relevant industry expertise, the colleges are unable to deliver the West of England’s vision for a skilled and qualified workforce – let alone support the government’s delivery of their recently unveiled Industrial Strategy.”