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.
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.