West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, is calling on local organisations to sign up to two new schemes to help boost residents’ job and employment prospects, as part of the region’s recovery plan from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mayor has launched a second round of the successful £8m Workforce for the Future scheme to help businesses plan for, and meet their skills needs for the jobs of the future. Activities could include upskilling / reskilling employees; working with schools and colleges to engage students; taking on more apprentices; offering work placements and shaping courses to ensure that we are providing the sorts of qualifications our region’s employers need.
In addition, there will be a separate scheme, investing £2m to help meet the increasing need for digital skills from the West of England’s businesses, aiming to provide well paid jobs for residents as the region begins it economic recovery.
This phase of the programme is seeking applications from consortia who can work together to provide ‘in demand’ medium and higher-level digital skills needs.
West of England Mayor and Chair of the Regional Economic Taskforce, Tim Bowles, said: “Backing our businesses with the skills they need to emerge strongly from the pandemic and protecting and securing well-paid jobs is at the heart of our plan for the region’s economic recovery.
“Both our Workforce for the Future and our digital skills investments will make sure we are giving our businesses people with the skills needed to adapt and evolve in our changing world. By seizing the opportunities that digitalisation and new technology present, and working together as Team West of England, we can secure our recovery and safeguard the jobs of the future.”
Both programmes are a key part of the West of England Recovery Taskforce’s regional action plan to protect and secure jobs, creating opportunities for all residents to share in the recovery. As part of this, the West of England Combined Authority this week launched the Together West of England campaign, to connect businesses with the support and guidance they need to adapt, build resilience and prepare for the future, as well as helping residents to access new skills, training and employment opportunities.
Organisations who want to find out more about Workforce for the Future and apply for funding to support businesses with their skills needs should visit: https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/workforce-for-the-future/workforce-future-applying-funding/
For the Digital Skills Investment programme, organisations should visit: https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/skills/digital-skills-investment-programme/ to find out more and apply. Consortia may consist of any combination of employers, training providers, colleges, universities, sector representative groups and/or other community or charity organisations.