Press release sent on behalf of Leeds City Region
“Our aim is to connect skills to the needs of the economy “
said Stephanie Burras, Chair of the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Panel this morning addressing more than 200 careers advisors and school teachers.
“At the moment, there is a perceived mismatch between the career aims/choices of young people and the real needs of the economy. Skills needs and prospects within key job sectors evolve constantly. More business engagement is needed in schools so that young people can find out what jobs will be available in the future and plan their careers accordingly.”
To help address these issues, the LEP has been working with employers over the past year to develop a suite of information resources that can be shared with young people, schools, parents and relevant providers to inform them about the opportunities available in key growth sectors and how to access them.
Beverly Parish, Chair of the careers task group leading the work on Jobs Intelligence said:
“Using the latest intelligence, we are now able to share a host of information with the aim of helping young people make better informed choices about their future employment.”
“Material we have developed, such as fact sheets and videos offer real life information from apprentices and graduates talking about their jobs in key industries such as manufacturing and engineering.
“Nufarm UK in Bradford and Siemens Mechanical Drives in Leeds are a couple of the companies that shared information about recruitment and selection processes and gave tips on how to access current opportunities. These resources are now online and available to all.”
The Jobs Intelligence conference is a Leeds City Region LEP initiative aimed at sharing knowledge about jobs in the city region, helping young people to make better informed choices and at the same time support the growth of key sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, creative and digital.
The information resources on key jobs sectors and careers in the Leeds City Region can be accessed online at www.lcrjobsintel.co.uk.(external link)