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Industry focus on workforce skills

Skills needs within the waste management sector are under scrutiny via a new programme and senior members of industry have been called on to share their knowledge. The project is aimed at finding the sectors present and future skills requirements.

The Sector Skills Council, responsible for working with employers to identify and address skills, productivity and employability needs, and Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills), have recently completed a Labour Market Investigation, recording and assessing the state of the industrys skills provision.

The investigation is part of a wider programme by EU Skills into the waste management sectors skills needs, to ensure industry needs can be met with appropriate planning and Government support.

It says previous absence of this knowledge reduced the sectors ability to plan and obtain the necessary funding to support the development of a strong, sustainable and competitive workforce.

EU Skills strategy and development director Frank Corrigan said: We need all those involved in senior positions in the industry to be part of this research. If we dont have their views, we cannot put forward their case to influence government understanding or actions.

Initial findings are due to be released in the next few weeks. But a longer-term view of the sectors needs for the next five to 10 years will then be assessed via a scenario planning exercise.
Planning workshops with input from senior management will contribute to the process.

Those interested in contributing should contact EU Skills on ssa@euskills.co.uk

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