Understanding employers attitudes towards skills and qualifications

| November 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

New research by AAT has shown that 92% of employers expect to increase or maintain their training budgets next year, despite the sluggish economy. So why is this, what specific skills are employers looking for, and how do they expect to develop them? To answer these questions, AAT hosted a roundtable event with a number of stakeholders including the BCC, IPPR, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Enabling Enterprise and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

There was widespread agreement that employers were interested, first and foremost, in an employee’s skills. But qualifications provided a useful measurement tool for employers to determine the extent of these skills. It was also felt that some aspects important to employers, such as attitude, were often developed in a less structured way, in some cases simply through presence in the workplace.

Although some felt degrees were an important form of quality control for employers, it was also felt that employers were increasingly looking outside of universities in order to increase their talent pool.

A final point of interest was the question of who should be responsible for skills development. It was generally accepted that employees had a responsibility to improve their skills. It was also mentioned that, too often, employees are not allowed to practice their skills and occasionally make mistakes. Perhaps even more significantly, it was also recognised that employers may need to better recognise and utilise the latent skills that the next generation of workers have.

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