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Local businesses and jobseekers to benefit from new skills report

29 April 2016

The county's top sectors and locations for job opportunities have been revealed in a new Evidence Base report, released this week by the Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB).


The IT, digital and creative sector, with over 17,000 vacancies, saw the highest number of job postings across Essex in 2015 closely followed by manufacturing and engineering with over 13,000.


The top three locations in Essex for job vacancies in 2015 were Chelmsford, Colchester and Basildon.


The Evidence Base, now in its third year, includes not only vacancy data but also skills information and sector-specific headlines, all drawn from published statistics and local employer feedback.


The report has proved a powerful tool to inform local businesses, training providers and academic institutions on the employment needs of Greater Essex. The Evidence Base covers Essex, Southend and Thurrock and outlines the top specialist and soft skills currently in demand.


ESB Chair, Suzanne Jude, Raytheon UK commented: “Our Evidence Base portrays a detailed and holistic picture of local skills needs. It has been really well received, with schools, colleges, universities, businesses, partners and providers all commenting that this information is much needed and well utilised. We have even been approached by a number of organisations outside of Greater Essex, seeing this as a best practice model.”


Member of the ESB board, Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College and member of the Federation of Essex Colleges (FEDEC) said: “Many Essex FE colleges have used the Evidence Base to support successful bids to the Local Enterprise Partnership for new equipment, to enable curriculum growth and development focused on local employers’ needs. Examples include new logistics facilities at South Essex College and science, technology, engineering and manufacturing, or STEM, facilities at Colchester Institute and a new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at Harlow College.”


The annual Evidence Base has also provided valuable insights to facilitate the delivery of a number of other ESB projects including the Education and Industry STEM programme working with over 1,000 schoolchildren and the Digital Skills for Growth programme which has supported the funding of 137 employees in a digital role.