Employers and managers in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant have only a week left to have their say on workplace skills and training.
A major survey by Shaping Portsmouth, the local business group, is set to close on 15 March.
Business people are being asked to fill in a 10-minute online survey on the local picture, so Shaping can start addressing the issues raised.
The goal is to make sure local companies have workers with the right skills, and that the right kinds of courses are available, so local people can become equipped for the jobs of the future.
Shaping Portsmouth is working with local colleges, training providers, the university and Portsmouth City Council on the project. Rather than rely on national data, it is trying to find out exactly what Portsmouth area businesses need.
The survey asks businesses about the skills their workforces have, or lack, and whether they struggle to fill particular vacancies. It also asks for their views on apprenticeships, the educational system and training.
It is being run by the council, a partner in Shaping Portsmouth, on behalf of the whole organisation. The survey has been funded with contributions from the council, the University of Portsmouth, Highbury College, Portsmouth College, Havant and South Downs College, PETA Training and Consultancy Services and HTP Apprenticeship College.
The survey can be found at https://bit.ly/2FWyt02