- There are 18,610 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 10,844 and 15,254 because of the economic downturn.
- There are 8,747 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 5,098 and 7,171 because of the economic downturn.
- There are 5,382 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 3,136 and 4,411 because of the economic downturn.
- There are 2,691 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 1,566 and 2,196 because of the economic downturn.
- 40% of employers in the West Midlands are alarmed at the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
- 73% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles. Those that do, only employ a small percentage.
- 47% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups.
- Only 17% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present.
- 55% 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 West Midlands have identified a need for practical and specialist skills and certification, such as Part P, Part L, CSCS, surveying, environmental and IT.
- 57% did not identify any further skills than current levels.
- 60% did not have trained supervisory or management staff
- Employers have identified future skills required in legislation (for example Part P and L of Building Regulations) and technology (environmental and IT training).
- 90% of employers in the West Midlands are responding well to new IT, with varying degrees of expertise amongst staff.
Source: In focus…West Midlands 2006 and Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010