The results of the CBI survey provide encouraging signs that businesses are committed to expanding the number of apprenticeships. Although apprenticeships are not a short-term fix, they will be very important if the UK is to find medium and longer-term solutions to address the ongoing concerns of skills gaps.
Respondents to the survey, from all sectors and across all regions of the UK, see this as essential to continued growth and progress. However, businesses also need to have access to people with the right skills.
Engaged workplaces that are inclusive are a clear way for UK businesses to be internationally competitive. A key determiner in whether a firm continues to thrive or stagnates is the extent to which the firm is able to tap into the talents of its own workforce.
Much has been made of the differences between millennials and previous generations of workers. The world has changed, society has changed and people have changed. Millennials want different things, so it is important to consider how businesses can do things differently so that they can attract the very best millennial talent to their organisations.
If you are recruiting for the tech industry but you lack tech know-how yourself, it can be a daunting prospect. The tech world is awash with jargon and it can be a real challenge to get to grips with what such jargon actually means. Of course, if you don't do this then it is difficult to understand what a specific role actually entails - and that is bound to make recruiting successfully for it quite difficult.
With all the technology that is now available at a recruiter's fingertips, it's probably never been easier to source potential candidates. However, with that comes a fairly major caveat. Because there are so many ways to source, it's easy for a candidate search to become pretty unstructured and disorganised. And, although it is fine to search using a variety of sources, it needs to all come together as part of a coherent strategy for it to be effective.