A series of Sector Skills Action Plans have been developed which set out the skills required to support our key growth sectors. These have helped to inform practical activity to both meet demand and ignite interest in future opportunities.

The GBSLEP had a strong presence, alongside the Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire LEPs, at the national Skills Show hosted at the NEC in November 2015. Our presence helped to raise the profi le of ‘the jobs of the future’ to young people from local schools and colleges.

£1.1 million of Local Growth Fund is being used to support the formation of a University Technical College (UTC) in Solihull. The Warwick Manufacturing Group Academy for Young Entrepreneurs will be opening in September 2016.

Initiatives to encourage better connectivity between local schools and businesses have continued to be promoted by the LEP, including the Solihull ‘Step Up for Success’ programme, School Forum events run by Chase Chamber of Commerce, the CSR City and the recent partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company.