As always, collaboration and partnership have been key to our achievements in skills during 2016/17, with 22 key representatives from business, education providers and Government agencies leading the agenda on our Employment and Skills Board.
Building on last year’s successful year of partnership and collaboration the Employment and Skills Strategy is being implemented across the region. We have seen our Skills Network grow further to include over 350 members from business, education and training and relevant agencies. All members are working together to raise the skills profile of the region.
Our ten working groups have ambitious but achievable targets, whether these are relating to improving employment opportunities for our residents aged over 50 years or growing the number of apprentices employed across our growth sectors, or increasing opportunities for our young people.
We have seen our relationship with the Careers and Enterprise Company develop and the number of Humber projects supported via the Company increase. These include both LEP related events such as the ‘Your Future’ careers event and independent innovative projects such as Project Blyth which saw over 60 electric cars race at Hull’s KCOM Stadium this summer.
We were delighted to see the Humber Gold Standard being recognised as one of only 12 careers standards in the country and look forward to our own validation later this year. The Gold Standard for excellence in careers education, information, advice and guidance has now been achieved by 18 of our local schools, colleges and training organisations with a further 50 partners working towards.
Our skills capital investments are demonstrating good value for money with new facilities such as Modal Training that specialises in logistics, the HCF CATCH expansion which supports the chemicals industries and Goole College’s Vocational Skills Workshops. These investments are designed to add to the existing portfolio of training provision in the Humber to provide the best possible facilities for residents’ training – thus increasing career opportunities.
We have come a long way in the Humber, we have further to go but with these collaborative, effective and strong partnerships we will achieve more. Unemployment continues to fall, yet we have reported skills shortages in a number of areas.