Recruitment and retention: preparing for the future

Head of business radio at the Federation of Communication Services, Tim Cull, discusses the urgent need for those just entering the business radio industry to learn practical, real-world skills to go with theoretical knowledge

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“High tech industries need a constant and ever-growing supply of really good technical expertise”. 

A statement that we can all agree with, perhaps. But what does it really mean, and what can be done to make such people available in sufficient quantity to address the current skills shortage?

A few months ago, we at the FCS were challenged by our Business Radio Council to have another look to see if anything could be done to improve the acquisition and retention of suitable skills in the business radio sector, with an emphasis on site engineering.  We reached some surprising conclusions.

At the time, we happened to be in the middle of a review of the FCS1331 Business Radio Site Engineering Code of Practice. That work has now been completed for the previous year, and you can download your copy from the FCS website, free of charge. However, in the course of this task we came across a lot of information which, when put together, added up to an unexpected way forward for the skills issue.

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