Worcestershire LEP to set out skills agenda with special workshop

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) is calling on businesses to have their say on future skills needs by attending a free workshop on Monday 7th November, 9am – 12pm at Worcester Bosch Thermotechnology headquarters in Warndon, Worcester.

Called “Identifying Sector Specific Needs,“ the event which is supported by Worcester College of Technology and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, aims to identify new and emerging skills needs in Worcestershire.

Representatives from a number of sectors including construction, health and social care, professional services, manufacturing and leisure will provide a brief overview of the current landscape within their specific sector.

Sector groups will then discuss their current situation and the potential for development, focusing on future skill requirements and identifying the latest trends and skills needs.

Chairman of WLEP Business Board Tony Hyde will open the event with an overview of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s remit and agenda.

He said: “Our absolute priority is to help create the right business environment for new and existing businesses to grow and prosper. Having the right skills in place is fundamental to achieving economic growth across Worcestershire.

“This county has much to be proud of in terms of its key industry sectors.  This event is an important opportunity for business representatives in construction, health and social care, professional services and manufacturing to have a say on emerging skills requirements.

“Many of the new jobs created will require skills latent to the area.  The information we gain from businesses will provide vital guidance for our work with local schools and colleges to ensure the right training and skills are readily available for the future needs of business.”

Stuart Laverick, Principal and Chief Executive of Worcester College of Technology, will provide a summary from each of the workshops and identify an action plan to move the skills agenda forward.