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Businesses urged to have their say on skills

Businesses are being urged to help shape future job skills across the Liverpool City Region by taking part in a new survey.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram wants to hear from companies on how they can better access and develop a skilled workforce.

Launching the Liverpool City Region Employer Skills Survey, which will be one of the largest in the country, Rotheram reaffirmed his ambitions to create the right conditions for business growth and success across the city region.

Rotheram says: “Our future prosperity as a city region is ultimately dependent on our ability to develop a well-qualified and highly skilled workforce.

“This survey will help us to identify where our businesses need support, align investment in skills and training with skill deficits and the needs of our future economy.”

Asif Hamid, chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, adds: “As a large and growing employer in the city region I know firsthand some of the challenges in attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining talent.

“This survey will give us a much greater understanding on precisely what skills interventions are needed by our businesses to realise their growth potential and create more jobs for local people.”

The results of the survey will be used to inform the future commissioning of skills provision.

The final report will be available in November 2017 following presentation to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.