supply outstrips white-collar vacancies, the
the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reported that 58.8% of
graduates in the
Beatrice, who is Founder and MD of specialist staffing agency 2B Interface, claims that the UK’s blue collar industries – including manufacturing, joinery, metalwork, logistics and construction – are having to source employees from a rapidly shrinking talent pool.
With GCSE results out this week and millions of school leavers looking for a career path, she says that now is the time for businesses and the government to work together to achieve the 3 million target for apprenticeship creation by 2020, and get more people into skilled positions.
Beatrice said: “Manufacturing is a case in point because it is currently enjoying a
resurgence in volumes of higher value contracts. As well as this, output is
currently growing and expected to grow into the next quarter. Manufacturing is
the key to the
Beatrice’s statement echoes recent reports that specific job roles are getting harder to fill as more and more young people choose academia over skilled manual labour. In August 2015, four major logistics trade bodies announced a collaboration to promote careers in HGV operation, particularly to attract women, ethnic minorities and school leavers to the industry. The Road Haulage Association, part of the consortium, stated that 45,000 HGV drivers were due to retire by 2016 – with no figure coming close to replacing them.
2B Interface opened a logistics division in June 2015 in order to help tackle the shortages. The development intends to bring a range of fresh opportunities to both experienced professionals and young people looking to secure apprenticeships or training in the sector.
Andrew Kunman, head of logistics division at 2B Interface, said: “The haulage industry is critical to our daily lives, and like manufacturing offers lucrative and rewarding job opportunities including the chance to move up within the industry, into white collar work. It’s a chance to make a contribution, train in a sector where your talent is extremely valuable to a lot of Blue-chip firms, and create opportunities for the rest of your career.”
Beatrice said: “In my mind there is no doubt the whole jobs market is in the early stages of decay – that is unless the government and industry does more to encourage British workers – experienced and young – into the manufacturing supply chain. Apprenticeships are categorically important to this mission, and the government’s recent pledge to create three million more apprenticeships – many of which will be in skilled manual positions – is ambitious, yet with the right change of mindset could really help to turn this challenge around.”