We need to improve the ability for businesses to access the right skills, and our people to obtain those skills, if we are to improve the opportunities and quality of life for the people of the Midlands.
The availability of a strong talent pool is crucial to enable employers to improve their productivity and grow more quickly.
As part of our skills strategy, we are seeking to address identified challenges in growing our sector strengths, addressing skills levels, investing in the workforce and enhancing the provision of careers advice for all.
Building on established partnerships and creating new ones, the Midlands Engine will encourage employers and employees to work closely with skills providers. Clearer skills pathways will develop, and we will encourage more people to take up an apprenticeship and more businesses to take on apprentices.
We champion the local delivery of skills and employability programmes, and across the Midlands we are undertaking a wide range of activity to raise skill levels including:
- Launch of a £20 million Midlands Skills Challenge to improve employment prospects for people living and working in the region
- Our 20 Universities produce over 100,000 graduates each year, provide a rich talent pool for industry and our cutting edge research sectors
- The nine Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will help develop regional skills and employability portals
- We can engage businesses in this process to ensure that their current and future skills needs are catered for
- We can support the current workforce with upskilling and career development opportunities
- We can support the unemployed to improve their basic skills and employability prospects
- And, we will work collaboratively to make the Midlands a great place to live, study and work