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Swindon Skills and Employment Board



Presentation by Mike Godfrey, Chair of Swindon Skills and Employment Board

Presentation by Mike Godfrey, Chair of Swindon Skills and Employment Board



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  • Mention businesses involved
  • Talk through the purpose of the sub groups Each sub group has a business lead and then a manager. Managers are mainly from SBC All sub groups have a brief and are currently drafting their action plans with a set of outcomes SBC also supports the work of the Skills and Employment Board. Decisions about the Adult Skills sub group to be made at next Board meeting SBC has a 6 Programmes which are designed to ensure key priorities have the focus and resources to move forward. The Economy and actions identified in the Economic Strategy is one of these programmes.
  • NB. GVA rate despite still being high, is reducing. Locally, 19% of employers say they have skills gaps compared with 13% nationally Increasing the level of skills in the workforce is fundamental to economic recovery and long term growth Strengths in Sectors – Engineering, Advanced Electronics and Communication Technology, Financial sector, Research and development including Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology.

Swindon Skills and Employment Board Swindon Skills and Employment Board Presentation Transcript

  • Influence, Business Network Evening 18th September 2013 Mike Godfrey Chair, Swindon Skills & Employment Board
  • Our Priorities • Business led partnership • Business, Public Sector and voluntary Sector • Ensuring a more strategic and joined up approach • Identify priorities • Clear links to the LEP • Focus resources and maximise opportunities to gain additional funding
  • One Swindon Swindon – Skills and EmploymentSwindon – Skills and Employment GovernanceGovernance Skills and Employment Board (Business Led, supported by SBC)Employability RPA/NEET ResourcesandBids Employment/ Apprenticeships(16– 25) AdultSkills? HigherEducation AdultCommunity Learning Employer Organisations Employers Supply + demand Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Employment and Skills Subgroup Swindon & Wiltshire LEP LearningProvider groups/networks Growing Economy Programme (SBC) All sub groups are assigned a business lead or link
  • Our Priorities Strengths • High levels of overall employment • High productivity rates (One of the highest GVA rates outside London) • High rate of private sector jobs • Excellent business location • Strengths in specific sectors • Good engagement of private, public and voluntary sector at Board level and in sub groups • Positive engagement with Apprenticeships in some sectors Challenges • Skills shortages and gaps are a barrier to current and future growth, particularly at level 4+ • Skill levels at 19 and all ages are below the national average • Swindon has been badly hit by the recession, young people have suffered disproportionately • Nationally, 55% employers indicate that young people lack the key attributes needed to be successful in a job. • Currently patchy evidence of skills needs from employers
  • Our Priorities 1. A place of opportunity for Young People •Equip young people with the skills and qualifications needed to successfully enter the labour market 2. A Higher Skilled, Higher Earning Population •Better understand the skills needs of business •Ensure current workforce has the skills needed now and in the future •Create an employment and skills system which is more responsive to the needs of business and which supports enterprise and employment growth
  • Our Priorities 3. Innovative Higher Education Provision •Focus on raising the higher level skills base of the workforce 4. Right Skills, Right Jobs •Reduce unemployment and improve pathways to securing employment
  • Feedback on the Strategy. Strategy will be sent via email. Deadline 18th October. •Are these the right priorities? •What are your skills and employment challenges? •What would help? Champion the strategy •Contribute to the sub groups •Support young adults through work experience, internships, traineeships or Apprenticeships
  • Mike Godfrey mikebg@btinternet.com Sally Burnett Sburnett@swindon.gov.uk