Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to ensuring that the county has a vibrant skills system that is responsive to both current and future economic needs and offers excellent learning environments and opportunities. It is playing an increasingly active role in the provision of skills development and training opportunities for the county, in particular by helping to align skills provision with the needs of employers, young people, the current workforce and those not currently in employment.
The partnership has produced a Skills Investment Plan in collaboration with employers, business organisations and the county’s network of colleges, universities and other education and training providers. This has been designed to improve skill levels, increase the county’s workforce and assist employers, enabling the provision of skills and learning to meet the emerging needs and challenges for the county.
Cumbria LEP wants businesses to be able to access and develop the skilled workforce they need and residents to be supported in their career progression with access to high quality employment opportunities. Eight employer panels / employment and skills advisory groups are being established to identify and articulate the skills and workforce development needs affecting key sectors in Cumbria.
- Increase apprenticeships within the county from 5000 to 6000 per year.
- Increase number of working age people with HND level qualifications by 9000.
- Increase number of people in employment by at least 6000 by 2020.
- Boost skills, employment and participation in apprenticeships.
- Strengthen links between industry and training providers.
- Workforce development support and targeted training for sectors with skills gaps.
The county’s skills priorities are structured into four themes informed by labour market information and direct input from employers and skills providers: