This was the stark message given to delegates at the April Closing the Gap conference.

“Companies in industry must use UK training providers or risk losing them.” That was the warning Gary Baker, Furniture and InteriorsFiesta logo Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) chairman, issued to delegates at the Closing the Gap conference last month.

The event, which took place on Friday 26 April 2019 at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London, was organised to inform companies of the looming employment crisis the furniture and interiors industry faces if the emerging skills gap isn’t addressed.

Gary opened the conference reminding delegates of the circumstances that led to FIESTA’s formation in 2017, following the Bridging the Gap conference.

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