Semta launches web tool to help SMEs tackle skills gap

Semta has launched an online benchmarking tool to help SMEs combat profit draining skills shortages.

Business 2 Skills gives manufacturers a list of key workforce training priorities. Philip Whiteman, chief executive at Semta-the sector skills council, said: "With smaller businesses making up such a huge proportion of the 132,000 employers we support, we designed Business 2 Skills diagnostic so that they can explore skills needs and training options quickly and easily." Manufacturers receive an industry benchmarked report after completing an online survey according to Semta. Business 2 Skills can be accessed via The intiative follows a Business 2 Skills tool for larger organisations launched in March 2010, Semta said.