//Jobs and apprenticeship joy for Sheffield City Region

Published 27th February 2017 at 7:56am

The Sheffield City Region trained over 20,000 apprentices in the 2014/15 academic year, more than the rest of England apart from London and the South East. Meanwhile the number of jobs in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) has grown and the number of people not in education, employment or training has dropped.

For the first time the figures are outlined in the latest Labour Market Intelligence 2016 report produced by the SCR in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week. (6-10 March).

The ground-breaking report has been compiled to help the SCR and the providers of specialist training decide how to create 70,000 jobs by 2023, the target set in its Strategic Economic Plan.

“These figures are very pleasing,” said Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of its Skills, Employment and Education Board. “The Labour Market Intelligence Report helps us see very clearly where the skills gaps are for employers and where opportunities and issues exist.

“The SCR’s role is to create a business-friendly environment which will attract investment into the region and grow the businesses which are already here. A strategic supply of skilled workers is an essential part of this.”

The Report will be launched at a meeting of skills training providers on Thursday (2nd March), at the Technology Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. To book a free place go to:


In the report employers say that they need training to:

  • reduce complexity and inefficiency to allow them to take on more work or process it more quickly or to a higher standard;
  • upskill to win more work;
  • gain the training or accreditations needed to win new clients or enter new markets;
  • allow staff to take on more complex roles;
  • win new work through bid writing and managing contracts.


The report pulls together a range of information, demographic, economic, supply and demand of skills, to paint a detailed picture of the labour market for policy makers, business and skills providers.


  • Unemployment has fallen to 6.4% in the SCR, and self-employment is increasing. Entrepreneurial skills will be needed by the self-employed as well as those in employment.
  • The numbers of NEETS (not in education, employment or training) is decreasing. But 6,500 young people in the region are likely to leave education without Maths or English at NVQ Level 2 each year; and there are over 3,000 people in the SCR who cannot speak English.


  • It is predicted that there will be 23,000 new jobs in the SCR by 2020
  • It is likely that skills will be required around NVQ levels 1-3 and degree level
  • There is growth in all sectors of the SCR except finance.

Skills demand:

  • 13% of SCR companies report skills gaps
  • 33% of SCR vacancies are considered hard to fill, very often in higher skills vacancies
  • Skills in greatest demand across the SCR range from communications and organisational; lowest on the list are mentoring and prioritising tasks

Skills supply:

  • Science subjects top the list of A-level attainments in the SCR
  • 20,00 apprentices train in the SCR each year
  • 70,000 applications are made to HE institutions each year; the majority to the two universities
  • The SCR Skills Bank has facilitated skills training for almost 400 employers since its launch in April 2016
  • Almost half of all employers want to provide more training

Future skills needs:

  • 70,000 new jobs are required under the SCR Strategic Economic Plan spread fairly evenly across all sectors apart from manufacturing and public administration

Editors’ notes:

  • The report provides evidence for policy makers rather than making recommendations
  • Data in the report is secondary, and collated from other sources, mainly government statistics. These include the Skills Funding Agency, the Office for National Statistics, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Ministry of Justice, Census 2011, Edubase and local school websites, DWP, Department for Education, Career Transition Partnership, EMSI, and Labour Insights

Read the report here