'Get well paid for sharing your knowledge whilst making a difference to the region's future'
PUBLISHED: 15:48 18 January 2018
You can receive a highly competitive salary and work flexibly by sharing your knowledge and skills with the region's future workforce
With the introduction of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) are now mapping out how they will meet these ambitious plans.
The five pillars of the industrial strategy being identified as:
1. Ideas: the world’s most innovative economy
2. People: good jobs and greater earning power for all
3. Infrastructure: a major upgrade to the UK’s infrastructure
4. Business environment: the best place to start and grow a business
5. Places: prosperous communities across the UK
One prominent and serious issue in the region’s educational landscape, and which will compromise hitting these targets, is a lack of the staff to deliver the training to the future generation, be that in the classroom or in Apprenticeships.
The bottom line is that without teachers and trainers in place, there can be no more training of new industry recruits to the standards businesses are looking for.
To begin addressing this issue, a consortium of colleges, comprising SGS, City of Bristol and City of Bath Colleges, in partnership with the Western Training Provider Network (WTPN) and Business West, are working collaboratively to deliver a joint recruitment event to encourage new entrants into the world of training and skills development.
The event is being held on Friday 9th February from 1.30pm 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 vast 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, 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 over 90 hard to fill vacancies. This is a situation mirrored across the sector within the West of England and in the main is due to the buoyancy of the economy and skilled trainers being able to earn far more in industry than within the skills delivery sector.
One person who is aware of the impact skills shortages are having on the region’s businesses and how those with vast knowledge and experience can make a difference is Ian Mean, Director of Business West, who commented: “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”.
Whilst Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal SGS College comments ‘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’.
The joint recruitment event will include a key note address on the buoyancy of the economy, the immense opportunities and benefits available within the training sector and the range of flexible posts, both full and part-time.
Full training, development and support will also be provided to those who wish to pursue a career in the areas listed with options to sign up being available on the day.
To register to attend this free event, click here.