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Skills

Create the future workforce and skills to meet the needs of our economy

The work by our Sector Panels has identified some great strengths in our education and vocational training system which is working to deliver the skills needed by most of our sectors, however, there remain significant skills issues. It is clear that there is a need to fine-tune the information and signals that young people receive about career opportunities, especially as skills needs evolve.

The strands in terms of meeting future skills needs are:

  • Support the further development of and then response to the sector skills plans
  • Work on improving our careers education and work experience across the county and developing the curriculum to meet future skills needs
  • Ensure young people are equipped with the necessary digital and creative skills to support innovation in the future
  • Work with the education system to help address the variations and gaps in attainment and progress which represent lost opportunities and talent for Cumbria
  • Work on increasing the number of apprenticeships

There are sector-led skills plans to raise and extend skills for each of the LEP’s sectors to be taken forward by the LEP Sector Panels.

Changing labour market needs and increasing skills gaps mean that it is important to help link our current young people into the future workforce. We need to better use and develop further careers and educations business-links. There is a strong sectoral element here which requires employers to be heavily involved. We need to ensure better consistence in careers advice and in improving understanding of the wold of work. The LEP has already made progress in this area and intends to:

  • Implement a new careers strategy for Cumbria, including the promotion of higher education opportunities
  • Develop a co-ordinated approach to high quality work experience across all sectors
  • Work with the education sector and employers on “digital credentialing” to capture a broad range of skills and attributes to help better passport young people to jobs and employers

Overall, our education system works well, but there are variations and in particular there is a concern about the disadvantaged young people who leave school less well qualified and prepared for further education and work. The LEP will work with schools, employers and the County Council as education authority in supporting school improvement strategies and actions to address the progress and attainments gaps across Cumbria.

Cumbria Careers Hub

CASE STUDY: Cumbria Careers Hub

Cumbria LEP is working with the Careers and Enterprise Company and local education and skills partners, employers and stakeholders on the county’s Careers Hub which is helping transform careers education for young people.

The Careers Hub has 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education. Since its launch in January 2019, it has helped drive strong progress against every Gatsby benchmark, which describe high quality careers guidance.

Careers provision within secondary schools and colleges in Cumbria is now rated amongst the best in England. The county’s success demonstrates the commitment of employers in Cumbria to support high quality careers education as well as the effectiveness of partnerships within the Hub between employers, schools and colleges and the commitment of Careers Leaders within schools.

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