Bridging the Skills Gap

Experience over the last few years, has shown that the education establishments have extremely limited resources and very little time within their curriculum to engage with enterprise activities.

Ultimately without a change in the national education curriculum to become more enterprise/business focussed, there is limited incentive for schools to become more enterprise focussed. 

However, the Chamber continues to work with its members to bridge the skills gap.

Bridging the Gap between Business & Education


  • BCC survey 2016  - 67% education leaders recognise the need for better careers information
  • BCC survey 2016 -  82% businesses believe secondary schools should offer work experience
  • Schools have no statutory measurements against enterprise activity
  • Ofsted inspectors can award discretionary ratings based on a school’s enterprise activity

Business / Education Engagement

Research conducted by the British Chambers has highlighted the gaps between business and young people.  Norfolk Chamber is working to help bridge that gap, through our extensive connections with the local business community, and strong relationships with our school members.

Brexit will also have a profound impact on the way British businesses access skills from home and abroad. Potential restrictions to accessing workers from overseas will mean firms need to invest more resource into recruiting and training the workers they need. The Government is also simultaneously reforming the apprenticeship system, careers guidance and advice, and changing post-16 education.

There are opportunities for businesses to get involved with careers events in schools, and get recognised for their work with young people through our Investors in Young People national award. These activities can help your business recruit young people and stand out as an ‘employer of choice’.


Bridging the Adult Skills Gap


  • In 2010, 13% of Norfolk’s working population aged 16-64 held no qualifications, compared with 10.4% regionally and 11.3% nationally.
  • Rural Norfolk experiences high levels of unemployment. 4.3% of the economically active population are unemployed, compared with 2.3% across all rural areas and 3% across Norfolk as a whole.

Norfolk Chambers will help signpost opportunities and will work with partners to ensure greater understanding of apprenticeships.  The Chamber also has a seat on the New Anglia LEP Skills Board and supports the activities of Norwich for Jobs.

Norwich for Jobs

Apprenticeship Norfolk

Investment in Young People 

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