Education, Employment & Skills

A radical change is occurring to improve the skills of the UK’s workforce. The Government’s modern Industrial Strategy is set to build a Britain fit for the future by investing in the development of skills to meet the changing needs of business, increase productivity and drive growth across the whole country.

The Chamber, and its membership, have long-standing, deep-rooted relationships with our academic establishments, business-education partnerships and their students. In 2020 we will continue the work we have done to maximise the impact of our engagement to help deliver effective and valuable relations.

A new membership model, Young Chamber, was also introduced to provide extra support and recognition to academic establishments in membership. The BCC workforce surveys have also helped to gather information and inform the issues affecting the labour market, including skills, training and employment policies.

Moving forward, we can state to our academic institutions and Government that the Thames Valley business community has a collective hunger to do more and help address some of these issues and challenges by:

• Developing sustained, effective and much more productive, impactful relationships and genuine business-education partnerships.

• Identifying the impact of technology and AI on businesses and supporting the implementation of the National Retraining Scheme to upskill and reskill the workforce.

• Outlining challenges for businesses and academia in understanding Government initiatives, frameworks and policies – for example, T-Levels, Apprenticeship Levy, National Living Wage and Gatsby Benchmarking.

• Providing practical advice to businesses in supporting the ageing workforce and transferring skills and knowledge.

• Influencing the Government on an immigration system to support businesses in retaining talent.

• Promoting flexible working and work-life balance for employees to improve retention and brand talent strategy.

• Ensuring mental and physical fitness in the workforce is promoted.


We will:

• Advance and support measures that help address mental ill-health issues of the workforce.

• Promote a broader understanding of the power and benefits of inclusion in the workplace.

• Help to build stronger business-education partnerships that can support solutions to the key strategic education and skills challenges for business and our present and future workforce.

• Grow our Young Chamber membership and expand the opportunities for our future leaders to participate in Chamber business.

• Share business intelligence and best practice relating to BREXIT and the UK’s future skills requirements.

• Maintain our work in raising awareness of the benefits and opportunities of the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and T-levels


Please contact or call 01753 870500 for more information.


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