South West Regional Skills Enterprise and Employment Analysis 2007/2008
8. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION
F Employability, Skills for Life and Migrant Workers
• Skills for Life continues to be a major issue of importance for the region. ESOL provision in particular is a hot spot due to the recent and increasing presence of migrant workers. Numeracy is also an issue of significance for the region when compared to other regions in the UK.
• Skills for Life issues have been identified by few sectors to date. However, those sectors where they have been identified - Retail, Health and Tourism - are significant employers and are priority sectors for the region.
• There is a need to promote the value of Skills for Life as a business improvement measure and for employer investment.
• The demands placed on the Skills for Life budget may argue for a higher budget to reflect current high ESOL demand.
• Access to ESOL provision remains an issue.
• There is a strong case for targeting specific Skills for Life initiatives within key sectors.
• The ESP should ensure partners support the LSC in the most effective delivery of Skills for Life across the region.
• The ESP should have a continuing role in co-ordinating efforts to promote Skills for Life to employers.
• The ESP should take the initiative in the region to convene a multi-agency Task Group to support a coordinated approach to support migrant workers in the region.
• There also appears to be a need for more Skills for Life embedded
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