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Spalding campus of Boston College hosts new project to fill skills gap in economy

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A new project has begun to help fill skills gaps in our economy.

An event was held this month at the Spalding campus of Boston College with an aim to discover what employers in our area need - and look at ways to offer training and support for would-be employees to meet the demand.

The Fill The Skill initiative is being run by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) - and this month’s event was a pilot with about a dozen attendees.

The first Fill The Skill event was held at the Spalding campus of Boston College (56887370)
The first Fill The Skill event was held at the Spalding campus of Boston College (56887370)

Lincolnshire FSB development manager Katrina Pierce said: “We don’t just want to talk about those issues - we want to help businesses to solve them.”

She said the aim was to provide long term solutions to ensure businesses can recruit the staff they need - and highlighted that the ‘skills agenda’ is something that could be part of a ‘devolution deal’ for the area.

Katrina added: “Skills is something we really really want to focus on so that businesses set up here grow and prosper with a really strong pipeline of workers that can make businesses productive, effective and happy places to work.”

The focus of the first session was digital marketing and skills. Katrina explained: “Digital skills aren’t quite where they should be here but rather than see it as a problem we want to see it as an opportunity.”

Other priorities include trained workers for the health and social care sector - as well as chefs and front of house staff for firms in the visitor economy.

A Boston College spokesman said: “Through working together, the college and FSB can identify key skills gaps, and deliver informal workshops to support employers, as well as providing useful networking opportunities. The next ‘Fill the Skill’ event will be taking place soon.”

l The college will also host a ‘employer engagement event’ on June 21. The theme is health and wellbeing.

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