Skills survey launched

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Jersey Finance say that their member firms are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit ‘the right people with the right skills’ and that there is a growing gap in so-called ‘soft skills’ such as negotiation, problem solving and creativity.

Previous surveys have also identified the importance of personal attributes, particularly for school leavers, such as a can-do attitude, ability to take the initiative, relationship skills, reliability, and willingness to learn.

The information gathered from the survey will be used by Education, Sport and Culture as well as the finance industry to plan and train for the future.

The initiative has come from the Jersey Finance education and resources group, which was formed last year in response to the growing need for suitable job candidates.

Since then the group has been working with Education, the Jersey Careers Service, Highlands College and training providers.

The comprehensive survey has been put together with the help of the Jersey branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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