Attracting and Retaining Talent
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Attracting and retaining talent is critical for boosting business productivity and growth. 

In 2016, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills found that there were over 70,000 job openings in the South West region and around 17,000 of them difficult to fill because of a lack of skilled recruits. The number of job vacancies going unfilled is reported to be linked to candidates lacking appropriate skills, and the FSB (2015) found that this is the third biggest barrier to growth.

Devon and Cornwall Business Council, working collaboratively with Gradsouthwest and other businesses across the region, are developing a campaign to promote the South West as an excellent place to build a career, with the aim of attracting and retaining highly skilled people. 

With unfilled vacancies and untapped potential, business growth and our continued prosperity will require employers to retain and upgrade the skills they already have and to attract more highly skilled people to work within the region. 

At this conference, aimed primarily at the local business community, you will hear from businesses and training providers from across the region, outlining the challenges they face with attracting and retaining talent in the South West and how they are working to overcome this. 

The keynote speaker is Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Prospects who will give an overview of talent migration from a national perspective.

Doors open at 09:15 for 10:00 start. Attendance at this event is by invitation only. Email DCBC for further information  (

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