Skills & Talent in the Region
Encouraging better dialogue between businesses and education providers has been central to Business South’s thinking for some time.
We are only too aware of issues such as the skills gaps that exist in some sectors and the brain drain that sees graduates qualifying with good degrees but leaving our region for jobs elsewhere.
Having a clearer idea of the needs of businesses along with the type of qualifications they would like their workforce to have, has been part of that discussion.
Our partnership accord with Southampton Solent University is a good example how we are working to bring education and business closer together for the benefit of all.
The South’s businesses have to compete in the top end of this global economy. Quality, innovation, knowledge creation and application will be some of our key watchwords. The key differentiator will though undoubtedly be one thing alone – our people. Their competence, their commitment, the way they are led and engaged in their working lives will be critical to success, whether at the individual company, industry sector or regional economy level.
To make sure that the Business South region and the companies based in it are best placed to secure competitive advantage through people, Business South has established an HR Forum. It pulls together Human Resource professionals, academics and business people interested in the people agenda, with a view to driving change in the region.
As well as working with universities across our region, Business South has also been closely involved with a number of colleges. Steve Frampton, Principal of Portsmouth College, was clear on the benefits of being a Champion.
"Through your events we have found super mentors for our thriving entrepreneurship programme working with UNLOC.
"Additionally Business South has been one of the most pro-active supporters of early engagement programmes involving Primary and Lower Secondary Science and Maths, that could help address the long-term Local Enterprise Partnership's need for more students progressing onto STEM related employment," he said.
Why become a champion?
Business South should be seen as an extra resource for your business to draw on in terms of circulating your business messaging, making important contacts and using our well established communication channels.
We aim to put businesses in the driving seat and to tell the story of a region that is the best place to do business that offers so much in terms of investment potential, innovation and growth - in short it is a great place to do business, to live and to learn, rest and relax.
We want to showcase the employers who are investing in their community and shout about the responsible business leaders who, for example, demonstrate a corporate conscience by engaging in the talent and skills agendas. By doing so, they support the work of Business South in Championing the economy – and boost the number of jobs and opportunities.