Conference to help firms tackle skills shortages

BUSINESSES from across the Solent region, who are struggling with the current challenges around skills shortages, have been invited to attend the Solent People and Skills Conference at the Fareham Innovation Centre, Daedalus during the day on July 7 (Thursday).

Hosted by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the free event is open to all businesses from all sectors. It will bring business leaders together to discuss the challenges they currently face, and help to shape future business support and provisions available.

The Solent People and Skills Conference will see a range of guest speakers from the Solent LEP, Make UK, The Chamber of Commerce, and NetZero Training (Highbury College) talk about the support and provisions already available for local businesses.

Rachael Randall, chair of Solent LEP, said: “We have a packed conference planned with great speakers sharing their experiences and providing valuable insight into skills and training.”

“During the presentations, we will be asking local businesses to tell us how we can help and where the skills gaps are. We want to make this a meaningful discussion, and to make a considered difference to the future provisions that we provide to businesses right across the Solent region.”

The event will feature panel discussions with professionals from marine, tourism, the creative industries, health, social care and construction. All will discuss the challenges their sectors face, and how they are overcoming them. A degree level apprentice will further speak about why they chose that career path.

Other speakers include: Helen Ives, executive director of workforce at Solent NHS Trust; Glenn Turnball, operations capability manager at BAE Systems; James Gayle, founder of Shogun Social; and Anita Bower, people and culture director at Iconic Luxury Hotels.

There will be opportunities for visitors to speak to representatives from Get Set Solent, Manufacturing Programme, ALPHI, Maritime UK Solent, SkillsLab, Solent Apprenticeship and Skills Hub, FEDCAP, SERCO, MakeUK and the Solent LEP’s Careers Hub during the day.

Readers and those interested in attending the conference can register their interest in attending on July 7 (next Thursday) at the link of: solentlep.org.uk/calendar/the-solent-people-skills-conference.

PICTURED: The Fareham Innovation Centre, location of the event, down by Cemast College.