About Skills Jersey
Skills Jersey was formed to ensure Jersey’s workforce is ready to react to the global and technological changes affecting our economy. It is comprised of the Skills Executive, made up of the Ministers for Economic Development, Education, Sport and Culture, and Social Security; and the Skills Jersey Board.
Skills Jersey Board
The Skills Jersey Board advises Ministers and oversees the development of skills-related initiatives. The board is currently chaired by Richard Plaster (Commercial and HR Director, Jersey Electricity Company) and is comprised of 6 other board members from industry. There is also representation by officers from Economic Development, Education Sport and Culture, and Social Security, who have responsibility for training and workforce development.
Recent work of Skills Jersey
- researching the skills requirements of local employers to inform the development of future initiatives
- assessing the viability of introducing additional degree programmes in Jersey
- reviewing the Jersey Apprenticeship Scheme
- introducing the Advance to Work and Advance Plus schemes
Current work of Skills Jersey
Identifying and evaluating the particular issues that the Jersey labour market faces is critical to developing an effective and lasting skills strategy. Research has been undertaken looking into issues that affect employers across the Island. This includes:
- an assessment of the employability skills that businesses look for and who is responsible for developing them. The report highlights the importance of 'softer' skills and illustrates that almost all sectors cite literacy, numeracy and communication skills as a clear priority when deciding who to recruit
- a report summarising skills issues for employers, training providers, learners and advisors. This includes an assessment of current employment and training trends, as well as highlighting the areas where Skills Jersey needs to prioritise resources in the future
Skills Jersey has also commissioned specific research into the skills needs of key sectors of Jersey's economy. A report on the construction sector has been published, and reports into the retail, hospitality and rural sectors are forthcoming.You can find out more about the work of the board by dowloading the most recent meeting notes. The meeting notes provide an outline of issues the board are currently looking into and progress that is being made.
The Digital Picture: a review of Jersey’s digital skills
This review was commissioned by Skills Jersey and Digital Jersey with the aim of providing the information-base needed to underpin future strategies and policies related to the skills and education needs of the digital sector in Jersey.
The main objective of the review was to make recommendations for the development of digital education and training. It also set out to identify:
- the composition of the digital sector
- a breakdown of employee types
- the qualifications relevant to the sector
- current and future skills needs
- opportunities for training
- the areas of outsourcing
You can download the review's interim report below.
Download 'The Digital Picture: a review of Jersey’s digital skills' (size 945kb)
Download Skills and Skill Requirement Report 2013 (size 215kb)
Download Skills and Skill Requirements Report 2011 (size 1.1mb)
Download Skills Jersey Business Plan 2011 (size 720kb)
Download Skills Jersey Business Plan 2010 (size 112kb)
Download Skills Jersey Board meeting notes March 2011 (size 12kb)
Download Skills Jersey Board meeting notes May 2011 (size 17kb)
Download Employability Skills Explored Research Report (size 315kb)
Download Skills and Skill Requirements Report 2010 (size 296kb)
Download Review of the Construction Sector in Jersey (size 577kb)
Download Review of the Construction Sector Appendix 1 - Labour Market Intelligence (size 199kb)
Download Report on Literacy and Numeracy Needs for Employment 2010 (size 805kb)
Using the information in these reports, Skills Jersey will work with industry to create sector-specific skills strategies to address the particular requirements of each sector.
If you have any views or suggestions on the current programmes on offer, skills gaps, or potential future training or skills initiatives, please contact us.