As a region we face the challenge of low productivity and a shortage of skills both at the lower and higher ends of the skills spectrum.
Despite the strengths of the region forecasts suggest that on current trends the output gap between the West Midlands and the rest of the UK will widen.
Part of this is due to the comparatively high proportion of residents with low skills and few qualifications. Productivity is also constrained by poor mental health, worklessness in households and other complex needs.
Through the Productivity & Skills Commission we will analyse the information we already have about productivity and skills in the region and identify those areas where we need a greater understanding. We will then assess what works well or could be done differently to increase productivity and skills.
Productivity & Skills Commission
The Productivity & Skills Commission has been set the task of understanding the true extent of the productivity challenge in the West Midlands, identifying the component causes and making recommendations to address the issues identified.