Understanding employer training and skills needs

Chalkstream designs and delivers research projects that help institutions respond to the current and future training needs of business. 


Our research has helped organisations: 

  • plan skills provision at a regional and sub-regional level
  • design curricula 
  • improve student progression into employment
  • match facilities to employer needs 
  • introduce or grow apprenticeship provision 
  • provide evidence for successful funding applications. 


Projects typically involve:

  • analysis of a broad range of secondary information – including labour market intelligence, educational performance data and population statistics
  • primary research among employer groups - typically at a geographical or sectoral level
  • analysis, reporting, presentations, consultancy. 


Each Chalkstream research project is bespoke according to specific client needs. Themes we have explored on behalf of clients looking to understand employer skills needs include:

  • workforce qualification and training requirements 
  • institutional reputation among employer groups
  • market sizes
  • awareness and attitudes to apprentices and apprenticeship providers and impact on behaviours
  • equipment requirements of employers investing in training
  • employer sponsorship/investment opportunities.


“Chalkstream were engaged to provide detailed research in support of our plans for the development of a London Aerospace and Technology College at London Biggin Hill Airport in the South East of England.  We thought we knew what was needed but wanted the data to support it.  Chalkstream took the brief and interpreted it expertly, providing us with guidance from experience along the way. We are extremely pleased with the outputs generated, some of which have transformed our thinking and are informing our employer responsive programmes and curriculum planning.  A number of unexpected additional benefits including sponsorship offers have been clearly gathered and reported on.  The final presentation and face to face summary were an excellent way to wrap up the project”. 

Louise Wolsey – Group Executive Director Strategy, Communications & Organisational Development, London South East Colleges


About Us

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Registered Address: 20 Stocks Road, Aldbury, Herts, HP23 5RU

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