15 April 2013
survey conducted by Scottish Chambers of Commerce, and
available on the Our Skillsforce website, showed that despite
the current economic conditions, 80% of employers had arranged or
funded staff training in the past 12 months.
Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce
said: "The survey results clearly demonstrate that business
recognises the benefits of investing in skills and
"The survey also shows that while employers look for a basic
level of work readiness, literacy and numeracy from applicants,
Scottish businesses are clear about the benefits that accrue from
investing in their people. An appropriately trained and skilled
workforce is one of the most important requirements for businesses
hoping to grow and develop in today's competitive environment."
The majority of businesses surveyed felt that the current
economic climate has impacted on their business, with their biggest
challenges relating to competition and costs.
The broad-ranging survey also highlighted that employers are
seeking further engagement with the public sector, in terms of
communicating the support that can be offered to help their
business grow and develop their people.
Damien Yeates, chief executive of Skills Development Scotland
said: "The survey results confirm that businesses recognise the
benefits of workforce training and development, both for the
organisation and for their employees.
"The recent introduction of a new SDS employer services team
allied with the Our Skillsforce web service helps to arm employers
with vital information on the skills support services available
from public sector organisations across Scotland. The web
service also enables employers to flag their skills and recruitment
needs through a Skills Alert feature and be assisted to the best
available support package for recruitment and training."
Scottish Chambers of Commerce has developed the second Skills
Pulse Survey, analysed by the Training and Employment Research Unit
at the University of Glasgow. The survey is supported by Skills
The Skills Pulse Survey provides an in-depth study of the
importance employers place on the contribution of skills to their
business success, as well as highlighting the skills and business
challenges they are currently facing.
The Skills Pulse Survey is already providing important data to
inform decision-making in Scotland's skills sector. As we move
forward, the views of employers will be invaluable to ensure the
skills in the economy match the needs of employers and that
together we can invest in people for growth.
The Skills Pulse Survey alternates between the Scottish Council
for Development & Industry and Scottish Chambers of Commerce
membership each quarter.