Conference between business and education to tackle skills shortage in Leeds

The University of Leeds and Leeds City Council announce conference on skills shortages and graduate opportunities.

The University of Leeds and Leeds City Council have announced plans to host a conference between education and business leaders in the city with the aim of addressing skills shortages, and an expanding gap in the jobs market which is seeing graduates and school-leavers unable to find work in their chosen career paths.

The ‘Young People, Skills and Prospects in Employment’ event will take place in March and comes amid a national backdrop where there are worsening job prospects for many young people and, despite attempts to improve the routes from school and college into higher education and employment as well as raising skill levels, complex challenges remain. The conference, which will welcome academics and speakers from across the country, seeks to create within Leeds a new way of working together in education and business.

Jo Ingold, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Policy at Leeds University Business School spoke to the Yorkshire Post in an article about the conference and its aims entitled 'Calls for collaboration between business and education to tackle skills shortage in Leeds'. She said that academic qualifications were no longer enough for job-hunters, during an age where businesses can “take their pick” of increasing numbers of candidates, and that traditional approaches to graduate jobs and salaries were changing.

Dr Ingold will speak at the forthcoming conference on the constraints surrounding the paths between education and employment.

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