- There are 21,810 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 12,709 and 17,877 because of the economic downturn.
- There are 8,699 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 5,068 and 7,130 because of the economic downturn.
- There are 5,354 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 3,119 and 4,389 because of the economic downturn.
- There are 2,677 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 1,558 and 2,184 because of the economic downturn.
- 40% of employers in the North West are alarmed at the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
- 87% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles. Those that do, only employ a small percentage.
- 20% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups.
- Only 20% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present.
- 82% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
- Employers have stated a clear need for technician training at Higher National Certificate level.
- Employers in the North West have stated a requirement for practical and IT skills, supervision and management skills, multi-skilling, communication and business acumen skills.
- There is also a wish for technician training at Higher National Certificate (HNC) level.
- 57% of North West employers undertake management and supervisory staff training – much more than other regions in England. However, there are concerns about how much of this is carried out through the HNC without sufficient practical experience.
- Employers have identified future skills required in legislation (for example Part P and L of Building Regulations) and technology (environmental and IT training).
- 93% of North West employers are responding well to new IT, with varying degrees of expertise amongst staff.
Source: In focus…North West 2006 and Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010