Business Skills and Training Survey 2017 - Results

Results from our 2017 Business Skills and Training Survey are in! View them in our sector-specific infographics.
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Find out what businesses in the West of England think about training, skills and recruitment. We have split the results down into seven priority sectors. You can view overall results of the survey here.

Advanced engineering

More than 50% of businesses in the advanced engineering sector found vacancies hard to fill in the past 12 months. Have you had trouble recruiting?



Businesses in the construction sector said that the top 5 most important skills their employees needed were: communication, team working, customer service, problem solving and project management - do you agree?


Professional Services

An interesting find was that more than 75% of businesses in the professional & financial services sector did not have applicants with the relevant skills and qualifications.


Low Carbon

Over 65% of businesses in the low carbon sector have not used apprenticeships. Have you?


High Tech

Over 71% of businesses in the high tech sector said not being able to fill vacancies meant an increase in work for other staff - have you had the same issue?


Health & Life Sciences

Over 50% of businesses from the health and life sciences sector said they had no knowledge of the apprenticeship levy.


Creative & Digital

Only 33.3% of businesses in the creative and digital sector had a budget for training. Do you?

  • Business Skills and Training Survey 2018

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