Demand for skilled people continues to grow
Despite the large number and diversity of businesses in Greater Lincolnshire we struggle to overcome a perception that the jobs in the area require little or no skill. This perception is wrong and the evidence we have gathered shows that even in the most traditional sectors there is an existing and growing demand for skills levels that are higher than residents currently have.
According to forecasts there will not be enough sufficiently skilled people in Greater Lincolnshire to fill future job vacancies and there are already challenges filling technical and professional roles at Level 3, a picture that is mirrored across the UK. The Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) Analysis 2020 provides an extensive evidence base.
The majority of jobs over the next decade will be to replace people leaving work through retirement. Replacement demand as it is known is important because the working age population of Greater Lincolnshire is shrinking. Every year, to at least 2030, the number of the working age population will fall. This means that even in sectors that have falling employment there will still be demand for jobs and skills to replace people who retire.
Tackling job vacancies in areas of economic strength and growth in Greater Lincolnshire, as well as within other sectors and occupations is therefore an important priority.
Adults who are already in work, or are thinking of returning to work, will be an important part of the solution as there are insufficient numbers of school leavers in the next few years to fill the vacancies that are predicted at Level 3 and above.
The LEP therefore has two main skills priorities:
To inspire and support young people to stay and work in the area
To train and support people who are already working, or seeking jobs, so that they gain the skills needed to take up future job vacancies
New research and evidence will appear on this page as it is published.
For information about the Employment and Skills Advisory Panel (ESAP) please click here.