Driving change - job market trends event a great success

Driving change LMI eventOver 70 delegates from, schools, colleges, training providers and the two local councils attended the latest C&K Careers event focusing on four of the main job sectors in the Calderdale and Kirklees area.

Gerald Hey, C&K Careers chief executive welcomed everyone to the event, which was held at KITS training centre in Brighouse.

Fiona Thurlbeck, employment and skills manager for Calderdale Council, got things off to a great start by setting the scene for skills and jobs growth in the local area. Fiona stressed the demand for people with Level 3 and above skills, who are able to solve problems, think innovatively and communicate well.

"By 2020, 62,000 more jobs will be available in Leeds City Region. Many employers want people with Level 3 and above qualifications, along with robust problem solving, innovative thinking and good communication skills." Fiona Thurlbeck.

"Good mix of national and local picture. Key employers/providers gave useful info for use in schools". Delegate.

Steve Housden, the sector strategy manager for CITB gave an overview of developments to support advisers and teachers. The important facts about the future needs of the construction labour market were presented to the audience via an entertaining quiz.

Local engineering company Cummins Turbo Technologies' Rachel Jowett, training and talent development leader and Paul Turner  VPI support leader, introduced the audience to the companies future requirements, reflecting the needs of advanced manufacturing companies in the Leeds City Region.

David Melia, director of patient and staff engagement for the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, outlined the dramatic changes facing the NHS both in funding and patient care, and how these would affect future staffing requirements.

Helen Dobson, training network manager for creative and digital media, gave an overview to the needs of this fast growing and diverse sector. She was followed by Martin Jenkins, business development manager for the Textile Centre of Excellence, who gave a passionate view of the exciting changes to the needs of the local textile industry.

"Textiles employs 100,000 people. Small companies employing two to seven people are experiencing the largest growth - 75% in the four years to 2015. West Yorkshire is the world leader in textile design and manufacturing innovation - one off clothing designs, use of lasers in manufacturing, 3D weaving, weight saving structures in planes." Martin Jenkins.

"Some suprising material". Delegate.

"The creative sector is growing three times faster than any other sector. It needs people with science, maths and IT skills, many of them will be freelance and need the ability to develop relationships quickly.” Helen Dobson.

"High quality presentations". Delegate.

"People are using NHS services differently, more will be treated in their own homes. Nurses will be able to review some patients remotely using new equipment and phones, they will increasingly prescribe drugs.... There is a national shortage of nurses, particularly with the right 'caring' skills...More upskilling of non-registered staff to deliver healthcare and more recruitment of healthcare assistants and apprentices." David Melia.

"Every year to 2020, construction in the region needs 3,200 new skilled workers to replace people retiring and others upskilling." Steve Housden.

Well organised event. Interesting speakers. Thank you". Delegate.

In addition to the sector speakers, Johanne Gilroy introduced the audience to the National Careers Service inspirational agenda, including the Careers Yorkshire and Humber's inspirational agenda website - the regional delivery portal. During the break, delegates had the opportunity to browse resources published by C&K Careers, Careers Yorkshire and the Humber and the local apprenticeship hubs.

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