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Supporting regional businesses and boosting skills

Supporting regional businesses and boosting skills 2019-03-15T12:35:32+00:00

Business and Skills

Our ambition for the region is for clean economic growth that benefits every resident. We support business and residents through a number of different projects, including:

  • The Growth Hub is hosted by the West of England Combined Authority and funded through the LEP by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  It offers impartial and independent support and encourage businesses to innovate, invest and collaborate, create new jobs and grow our region’s economy.
  • Invest Bristol & Bath  is the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority. Its role is to support the region’s priorities by promoting the region as the number one location to invest, work and live in. Invest Bristol & Bath provides relocation support, research, property advice, skills and talent, networking and connections to growing companies within the region as well as those looking to relocate.
  • The Enterprise Adviser Network, run by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership, is looking for more professionals from local businesses to volunteer. If you are interested in getting involved please contact enterprise@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.
  • The Careers Hub works with schools and colleges across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, supporting them to improve career opportunities and work experience for young people.Enterprise Advisers are trained volunteers from the local business community who work with schools, sharing their expertise to help improve careers advice and work experience opportunities for young people.
  • Apprentice Hub West holds all the information you need to employ apprentices into your business.

Local Sector Skills Statements

The Local Sector Skills Statements report on local sector knowledge and expertise, plus wider regional and national intelligence. The statements are produced by Skills West, a Business West and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership initiative, and are set against five priority themes that are defined by the LEP. The themes are:

  • Improve careers education, information, advice & guidance
  • Improve the quality and local responsiveness of education and training
  • Increase apprenticeship starts and improve access to higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Engage SMEs to boost productivity and build capacity for growth
  • Promote pathways for employment to enhance equality and diversity in the workforce

The statements provide an overview of the skills challenges faced by businesses during 2017, as well as possible solutions and partnerships to address them. The statements also highlight notable achievements and developments in skills, and celebrate success stories.

The Local Sector Skills Statements are now available here and cover the following sectors: advanced engineering and aerospace, construction, creative and digital, distribution, health and life sciences, high tech, low carbon, professional and financial services, retail, rural and food economy, social enterprise and visitor economy.

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