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BPF Survey Highlights Skill-Shortage in the Plastics Industry

The latest British Plastics Federation (BPF) Business Conditions Survey has identified an alarming gap in the skills of the workforce.

Despite low recruitment levels (22% of respondents were looking to cut staffing levels whilst 47% were not looking to recruit), a quarter of companies who answered the survey admitted that they had found it difficult to attract suitably trained recruits.

Commenting on the figures, the BPF’s director-general Peter Davis noted that “with an ageing workforce, our educational and training system needs to be galvanised to urgently meet these skills shortages.” Mr Davis was keen to stress the importance of apprenticeships in helping to address this shortage adding that there was work to be done in getting more companies to look at hiring apprentices.

With official figures showing that just 250 polymer apprenticeships have been completed in the last ten years (source: SFA), there clearly needs to be some major changes in order for this skills-gap to be tackled.

Here at IQ we feel we can contribute to that change. With three polymer qualifications already available and more planned for development, we want to take the lead in revitalising training in this highly important sector. Our current qualifications have been submitted to the polymer apprenticeship frameworks and with the imminent availability of IQ Functional Skills, we will soon be able to offer all of the certification requirements of a polymer apprenticeship.

We are keen to work alongside industry bodies and employers to dramatically increase the uptake of these awards and address the current skills-shortage. If you are interested in offering these qualifications or would like to discuss our plans for the polymer sector then please get in touch.

Mar 01, 2013 04:35 PM
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