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40% of businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire struggle to recruit and retain appropriately skilled staff. At the same time, business investment in training has continuously fallen during the past year (Quarterly Economic Survey, 2019). Brexit uncertainty and worsening cash flow have pushed workplace training and development to the bottom of the priority list for many businesses.

To ensure that businesses in the Chamber network can access the advice and support they need to efficiently and effectively retain their staff, the British Chambers of Commerce has launched a Workplace Training and Development Commission. The Commission is looking for examples from businesses where practical initiatives and best practice have been implemented to produce a positive impact on workplace training and development.  After collating information and intelligence from the Chamber network, the commission will identify and communicate policy recommendations to government.

Questions include but are not limited to:

  • What are businesses doing to identify and address the training and development needs of their workforce over the age of 25?
  • How are businesses planning for future skills needs that may result from changes in technology and processes, such as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence? Over what timescale?
  • Please share examples of best practice, and case studies, for business investment in training, upskilling and reskilling the workforce. What are the factors that make these examples so successful?  What has been the impact of this investment?
  • What would incentivise businesses to invest more in workplace training?

If you want to share your experiences of the barriers to business investment in training and development, or if your business has examples of best practice in this field and would like to share any useful initiatives that have been implemented, contact

Alternatively you can complete the consultation questions online using this link. The consultation only consists of 8 questions and you do not need to provide answers to every question.

The consultation closes on Monday 3 February 2020.

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