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the historical gap between governance arrangements will inform Skills Jersey on a UBS Director in Jersey.
skills demand and supply. with Richard Plaster, how to prioritise future
Government intervention in Commercial & Human skills investment and Highlands College Senior
skills development is driven Resources Director at develop closer Management Team has
by market failure by the Jersey Electricity, being communication between already made significant
States, employers and recently appointed the Skills Executive, DfESC strides in placing greater
individuals - collectively and Chairman of Skills Jersey, and all Post 16 providers emphasis on employer
separately - to meet the the policy making advisory (including school sixth engagement and is pro-
skills requirements of local body that will prioritise and forms) in driving forward actively involved with the
businesses. advise Ministers on future the skills agenda. States and the private sector
skills investment.
Such market failure is
worryingly not restricted to
just the finance sector, but
manifests itself across most
sectors of the Jersey
economy. Employers are
finding it difficult to employ
locally qualified individuals
with the skills or experience
required to deliver their
business ambitions.
On the positive side,
evidence suggests that “
I urge everyone
private sector employers are
reading this to get
investing in skills involved with the work
development at levels not
The Skills Executive Team
of the Executive and
previously seen in Jersey
use it as a vital
and are willing to engage The new Careers Jersey Work is being undertaken at
component in efforts
with the States in a more office opened last month in Highlands College to create
comprehensive programme La Motte Street, where a new funding methodology
towards keeping Jersey
to up-skill the local individuals of all ages, capable of enabling the
special

workforce. background and experience College to better respond to
can obtain advice and the skills agenda, with the in putting in place
The Skills Executive will guidance regarding their College’s Governing Body curriculum development
bring together the combined future development. expressing support for the meeting the demands of
training resources of development of the Skills both the employer and
Economic Development, Relocation of ESC staff to Executive and reconfiguring individual.
Education, Sport & Culture, the new town centre offices its Governance
plus Social Security to will be important in arrangements through a The College has begun work
create an infrastructure providing easy access for new Sub-Committee for on the development of four
capable of delivering much individuals and ensure a Curriculum and Planning to “building –block” priorities
closer alignment between greater overlap with the better respond to the to ensure that it is able to
skills demands and supply. skills development needs of priorities highlighted by the respond to demands likely
those using the income Skills Executive. This is to be expressed by the Skills
In order to ensure its support facilities at the chaired by Hans Barlocher, Executive, namely:
success, the Skills Executive adjacent Social
will be employer-led with Security building.
responsibilities for careers
information, advice and A Steering Group
guidance, employment has been
related research, established to
employment services, gather data
vocational education and regarding the
skills and training initiatives. current and future
skills needs of both
Significant progress has individuals and
already been made on businesses which
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