The county has an established, skilled workforce and compares well with national averages in terms of educational attainment. It is blessed with top performing schools and colleges, both private and publicly funded.
Worcestershire LEP works closely with partners to ensure the future skills required by employers are available in the county. Apprenticeships are supported widely in the county, especially at level 3 and 4 and in engineering. NEW College in the north of the county provides training for Harley-Davidson franchise dealers and technicians – the only such facility in Europe.
The National Cyber Skills Centre is located at Malvern Hills Science Park and offers a wide variety of training programmes, suitable for all levels.
The University of Worcester is a significant asset, being one of the fastest growing universities in the country with education and health as the dominant courses but also seeing rapid expansion in sciences, particularly biological sciences. The county is also ideally placed for the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham.
The Worcestershire LEP also works with Worcestershire County Council on skills initiatives for the county such as the Careers and Enterprise Company Adviser network and the Worcestershire Careers Hub. Along with these schemes the WLEP is involved with key employment and skills events such as the Worcestershire Skills Show and Worcestershire Apprenticeships Show and Awards night.
More information on these schemes can be found in the Current Projects section of the website here.
Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015 Pictured left to right:TV Broadcaster and Awards Host Steph McGovern, Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year 2015 Victoria Rawlings, Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year 2014 Ryan Shemwell and CEO of Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd. Carl Arntzen.