Matthew Neville

Northumberland County Council seeks local business insight to aid economic recovery

The County Council is asking businesses across Northumberland to outline their current and future recruitment needs.

As the county continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the local authority has launched this year’s Employer Skills Survey to help ensure that the right training and development programmes are put in place for businesses.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Council commented: “With so many job and growth opportunities in the county this survey is an important tool in informing the support the County Council and its partners can provide employers and residents.”

The survey asks about vocational skills, as well as more ‘soft skills’ like communication and leadership, and also explores what types of training businesses have accessed, how they ensure staff have the right skills and how their plans are affected by the current economic situation.

Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, Cabinet member for Business, added: “Last year’s survey was well received and dozens of businesses engaged with it, yielding invaluable insight into some of the challenges faced by employers at the time.

“To build on this success, we’re re-launching it and would urge all businesses to complete the survey, which should only take around 10 minutes. The County Council offers a wide range of support services to businesses and residents directly and through partner organisations.

“As the economic situation changes across all sectors, it is important to understand how these changes are impacting businesses in Northumberland so we can offer support that’s relevant to current and future needs of local businesses.”

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