West Midlands Regional Skills Assessment 2009: Key findings - skills for tomorrow


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Key findings from the West Midlands Regional Skills Assessment 2009 delivered to a workshop at the the West Midlands Regional Observatory's Annual Conference in Sutton Coldfield, 20th October 2009. The Assessment covers historical trends, current skills needs and future priorities. This was a joint pesentation by Pat Jackson, Director of the West Midlands Regional Skills Partnership, and Andy Phillips, Head of Skills Research at the Observatory.

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  • Source: ONS Annual Population Survey 2008
  • Areas of job growth in personal services include care workers, healthcare assistants and other staff in the health and social care sector Areas of job growth in professional and associate professional jobs include nurses, teachers and IT professionals Source: Jobcentre Plus
  • In business & professional services employment has grown by 15% In health & social care employment has grown by 14% In ICT & telecoms employment has expanded by 35% in Telford & Wrekin and by 30% in Coventry Engineering employment has declined by 39% in Walsall, 30% in Wolverhampton, 34% in Birmingham and 33% in Coventry Employment in other manufacturing industries has declined by 30% in Coventry, 28% in Wolverhampton and 20% in Walsall
  • Source: Observatory Integrated Policy Model – based on Cambridge Econometrics sectoral and regional projections
  • West Midlands Regional Skills Assessment 2009: Key findings - skills for tomorrow

    1. 1. Regional Skills Assessment 2009 Key findings – skills for tomorrow Observatory Conference 20th October 2009 West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
    2. 2. What is the Skills Assessment? <ul><li>Produced annually since 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>To inform a range of policy makers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commissioners of learning and skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providers of careers information, advice and guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local authorities producing local economic assessments </li></ul></ul>West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
    3. 3. What this year’s Assessment covers <ul><ul><li>Historical trends (general direction of travel): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Key growth sectors and clusters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demographics: the changing supply of skills by age, gender and ethnicity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geographies: ‘hot spots’ of employment growth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current skills needs: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skill gaps and shortages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impact of recession </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business Link, JCP and Sector Skills Council data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future priorities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Economic Strategy – innovation, enterprise, inward investment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Funding Advice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New Industry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cluster and Sector Skills Council data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation evidence – impact and value for money </li></ul></ul></ul>West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
    4. 4. Discussion <ul><li>Does the evidence address all the key issues and questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there important gaps in knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>Where does the evidence base need to be strengthened? </li></ul>West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
    5. 5. Job growth in the last 4 years Source: ABI Low High Share of employment in 2007 Employment growth 2003-2007 Low High Emerging sectors and clusters ICT & telecoms and ICT cluster Hotels & catering and tourism & leisure cluster Construction and building technologies cluster Education Education & entertainment media cluster Environmental technologies cluster Medical technologies cluster Drivers of employment growth Business and Professional Services Health and Social Care Declining in employment terms – but market opportunities in specific areas Engineering and transport technologies cluster Other Manufacturing and lifestyle & interiors cluster Food & drink
    6. 6. Workforce profile by cluster and age in 2008 Source: ONS Annual Population Survey
    7. 7. Employment change in West Midlands by LA: 2003-2007 Source: ABI West Midlands
    8. 8. Skills-shortage vacancies by sector England average West Midlands average Source: LSC National Employer Skills Survey 2007
    9. 9. Percentage difference in vacancies notified to Job Centres by sector, June 2008 – June 2009 Source: NOMIS (JCP)
    10. 10. SMEs using the Train to Gain service (Cumulative totals) Source: Business Link West Midlands/ LSC
    11. 11. Key drivers of future skills change <ul><li>Exploiting new technology: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To drive up productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To exploit new markets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislation relating to low carbon and sustainability issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading to new ways of working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating new market opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The demands of an ageing population: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For healthcare services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For new medical technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For financial services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More demanding consumers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better customer service </li></ul></ul>West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
    12. 12. Emerging skill needs <ul><li>Higher level (often graduate and post graduate level) sector and business specific technical skills </li></ul><ul><li>A wide range of generic/transferable skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership & management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business skills to exploit market opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping up to date with market developments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT skills to exploit the potential of new technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inter-personal skills such as communication and working in teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer service </li></ul></ul>West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
    13. 13. Where in the region will these skills be needed? <ul><li>Impact Investment locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birmingham – New St Station, Eastside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solihull – BIA, North Solihull </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ansty Park in Coventry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black Country – Bilston, Dudley, West Bromwich, Walsall and Wolverhampton town centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffordshire – i54, Stafford town centre and Stoke city centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edgar St Grid in Herefordshire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telford town centre in Shropshire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key locations for attracting inward investment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solihull </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coventry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warwickshire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Birmingham </li></ul></ul>West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009