Businesses need an appropriately skilled and accessible workforce in order to grow and achieve their potential. Greater Birmingham has many strengths relating to skills with a high number of world-class universities, further education institutions and schools in the city-region. However, with a lower than average rate of high level qualifications attainment and high proportion of businesses reporting recruitment difficulties, many challenges remain and cross-sector action is needed to tackle Greater Birmingham’s skills gaps. The GBCC’s involvement in the skills agenda is to;
educating members about apprenticeship reform and communicating major skills related announcements through our communications and events.
on members’ views on key skills and recruitment issues through our Greater Birmingham Quarterly Business Report and Chamber Council.
promoting the needs of local businesses in the media and in meetings with local and national stakeholders and through participation on the GBS LEP Birmingham Employment & Skills Board and Birmingham Youth Partnership.
delivering The Skills Hub (connecting businesses to Further Education Training, Skills Development and Apprenticeship opportunities) and Chamber Training, opportunities to develop staff development.