Facing a skills shortage? Source and grow talent through your local Institute of Technology

75% of UK businesses face a major gap between the skills people have now, and the higher technically trained staff that employers need. The answer? Look to Yeovil College with the West of England Institute of Technology first to source and grow the talent you need.  

The advantages of workplaces becoming more automated and digitised are numerous and varied. But while this is great for production and the environment, The Open University’s 2022 Business Barometer report predicts challenges ahead for three-quarters of UK businesses. However, there is good news. The solution to your business’ skills gap could be just around the corner. Currently, just 18% of organisations consult with educational institutions when assessing skill or staff requirements. In doing so, you can open the door to discovering new and fresh talent and develop the skills of your current team. For employers looking to close their higher technical skills gap, there is a simple answer to accessing the knowledge and expertise of multiple education providers in your region: West of England Institute of Technology. 


West of England Institute of Technology brings together teaching excellence, employer and sector insights and state-of-the-art training facilities to equip learners with the skills you’re searching for. As a collaboration between existing further education colleges, universities, and leading employers in the region, West of England IoT can not only help you to address your unique organisational challenges, but we also provide training that responds to the region’s skills gap.  


According to research, businesses believe that the skills shortage increases workload on other staff, and reduces output, service delivery, long term growth plans and profitability. When finances are tight, investing in training and development can take a back seat, but the impact of not working with educational institutions like West of England IoT can be counterproductive.  


The new year is an opportunity to reflect and regain focus. Now is the perfect time to inject fresh thinking into how you can make your organisation – and your people – thrive. From support with your workforce or skills development, to recruitment, apprenticeships, and access to industry standard equipment, Yeovil College can help. Contact the Employer Engagement team on 01935 423921 to find out more. 


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