Workforce / Skills
Oxfordshire has the following skills challenges: Lower than average educational attainment among Oxfordshire pupils – below the south east average and across England / Need for skills development in the manufacturing sectors (including Oxfordshire’s specialist and growing sectors) and care sector / ‘Employability’ skills of young need to improve / A tight labour market with low unemployment compared to vacancies / Post Brexit: Question marks over ability of Oxfordshire businesses to recruit from European countries.
Although Oxfordshire’s transport system continues to be upgraded, it will face a major challenge to cope with the number of new homes and jobs being planned for in the county.
Public transport is currently crowded in many areas and roads are congested, especially in the peak hours / Many of our urban areas have poor air quality and climate change is an issue that we need to address / We need to undertake this change in the face of rapidly diminishing central Government funding. This means we need to identify new, innovative ways of solving transport problems and funding them. Resourcing projects, working with businesses, legislators, researchers and the public is key.
Collaboration is everything.
Digital technologies are impacting almost every business in some way – positively and negatively. How can Oxfordshire businesses embrace digital technology to ensure positive outweighs negative?
The environmental problems like global warming, acid rain, air pollution, urban sprawl, waste disposal, ozone layer depletion, water pollution, climate change and many more affect every human, animal and nation on the planet.
Work can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Healthy and well-motivated employees can have an equally positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business.