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Essex Skills Board publishes results on skills in Essex

The Essex Skills Board has published its latest research into sector skills profiles covering its priority sectors including, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Care, Construction, Health, IT, Digital and Creative, Logistics and Finance & Insurance. The information that ESB has published includes: Data on Enterprises and Employees, Vacancies, Salaries and Skills needs, Travel to Work Patterns and Education and Training Data. It will help to frame the training and education offering for students and businesses in Essex and is designed to help businesses to meet their skills requirements in these key sectors.

Essex Skills BoardEssex FSB Chairman David Bell is Vice Chairman of the ESB Board and said, “I am delighted to advise you that the fourth edition of the ESB’s Skills Evidence Base Summary Booklet is now available online. This booklet outlines the current employment and skills landscape of Essex utilising regional and national reports and data.”

FSB works closely with the Essex Skills Board and supports its surveys and work programme. Through FSB surveys members have highlighted concerns over skills, in particular basic skills critical for the workplace, and more advanced skills required for particular roles. As an advocate and supporter of apprenticeships, FSB works closely with local organisations and government to ensure that businesses are able to access apprenticeships. The ESB research is available online at and will be used to promote the skills needs for Essex businesses both now and in the future.

ESB has also created and distributed its Careers 'Whats Your Thing Guide' to 20,000 young people and 100 schools across Essex, Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock. This resource has been created to provide young people in Essex with careers information that will help them to understand the opportunities that exist in Essex. In addition, ESB has launched the Essex Enterprise Adviser Network, which has 41 Enterprise Advisers from 38 different Essex businesses working with more than 25 schools across Essex. To read the sector skills profiles and find out more about what ESB does visit