By Maximilian Clarke

Referring to the Conservative Party Conference and its focus on addressing the growing UK skills shortage for the long-term economic benefit of the UK, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have highlighted the pivotal role recruiters can play in providing the skills needed for growth.

“Ramping up the UK’s skills base is a major priority for Government and for business,” said Scott Pendry, REC Policy Advisor for high-end sectors. “Recruiters have a key role to play in highlighting where there is currently a skills deficit and by helping to grow the future talent pipeline through initiatives such at the Youth Employment Charter.

"Ultimately, the main role will be sourcing and placing permanent and contract staff with the competencies and mindset that employers are crying out for. There is no doubt that the skills agenda will drive opportunities for high-end recruiters.”

Skills needs in areas such as IT, engineering and life science have also been a major theme of the conference and is an area that REC Sector Groups will continue to feed into. Fringe events in Manchester showcased a number of employer-led initiatives that specialised recruiters can promote and support.

For example, Microsoft have launched a major campaign called 'Britain Works' which aims to help 500,000 people into work though IT skills. REC Technology will ensure that the collective voice of IT recruiters is at the forefront of the future skills debate.

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