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South West

Sub-sectors:

  • There are 13,870 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 8,086 and 11,370 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 7,800 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 4,545 and 6,393 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 4,800 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 2,798 and 3,933 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 2,400 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 1,399 and 1,958 because of the economic downturn.

Workforce data:

  • 33% of employers in the South West are alarmed at the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
  • 83% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles. Those that do, only employ a small percentage.
  • 27% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • Only 23% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present.
  • 78% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
  • Employers have stated a clear need for technician training at Higher National Certificate level.
  • A small number of employers in the South West have identified a need for practical and IT skills.
  • 72% did not identify any further skills than current levels.
  • 53% did not train their supervisory or management staff
  • Whilst some firms mentioned regulation, IT and environmental training, the majority of employers did not foresee any future skills requirements for their company

Source: In focus…South West 2006 and Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010