There is a demand to increase skills levels in Advanced Manufacturing including the supply chain, automotive and aerospace industries.

Automotive makes up 45% of Advanced Manufacturing in the region and the number of jobs in this sector grew by 40% from 2010 to 2014. There is a shortage of specialist and higher level skills driven by an aging workforce and new technologies/manufacturing techniques.

Life sciences and Social care is one of the region’s largest sectors

It includes pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing and research and development, medical practice, residential care and social work as well as nursing, midwifery and allied health. There will be a shortage of over 1,000 nurses by 2018.

Greater Birmingham has the largest regional financial and professional services hub in the UK, employing nearly 220,000 people in over 21,000 companies, and bringing £15 billion into the region.

More than a quarter of the UK’s computer games workforce is based in Greater Birmingham.

Greater Birmingham has the largest regional financial and professional services hub in the The Black Country’s construction sector makes a £1bn contribution to UK economy. And output is forecast to rise by 41% by 2025.

The construction industry is growing again across the country and 224,000 jobs are expected to be created over the next five years. That means an additional 2,320 construction jobs in the West Midlands every year for the next five years. Demand for construction workers is high and skills shortages are emerging.

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