A focus on creating good jobs in new and high growth industries is at the heart of the Enterprise M3’s Skills Action Plan. The Plan, which has been published on the LEP’s website today, creates an ambitious new framework for training and job opportunities especially for people whose careers and occupations have been impacted during the pandemic.
The Plan identifies three key ambitions for the area. The establishment of a local Digital Higher Skills Partnership, an EM3 Apprenticeships and Skills Hub which will specialise in technical skills for emerging low carbon industries and the formation of a National Centre for Skills and Talent for Sustainable Construction.
The population of the EM3 area is among the highest-skilled in the UK, however, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the regional labour market and has led to rising levels of unemployment.
The Skills Action Plan is based on robust evidence on the economic impact of Covid19 and EM3 LEP will work with employers, local authorities , colleges and universities to implement its recommended actions .
Barney Ely, Chair of the EM3 Skills Advisory Panel said:
“The Skills Action Plan prioritises the provision of good skills in emerging sectors for young people who are new to the job market and also for those mid-career workers impacted by the pandemic who need to re-skill for a new career.
Enterprise M3 has a strong record of leading partners to build a successful economy and now, arguably more than ever, we must work together to put this plan into action and create a robust post-covid landscape.”
The Skills Action Plan is part of EM3’s wider Revive and Renew, a Recovery and Renewal Action Plan, which looks at the breadth of the economy to help drive a strong recovery and long term economic renewal.
Desklodge, Belvedere House, Basing View
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