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There is considerable national evidence that the success of companies in improving productivity and engaging in innovative activity is in very large part due to the quality of and investment in the leadership and management of the business.

In Cumbria, the thin pool of people with higher level skills creates a triple challenge for businesses:

  • Attracting higher skills talent
  • Developing the talent
  • Sharing and networking opportunities

Cumbria LEP’s People, Employment and Skills Strategy Group is working to:

  • Map the existing offer and develop the curriculum to address gaps
  • Develop a technical education vision for Cumbria that will:
    • Develop high-quality route ways
    • Improve work readiness
    • Anticipate skills demand changes
    • Provide information for learners and influencers
    • Provide engagement with employers at all stages of learning
    • Recognise skills and knowledge obtained outside the classroom
    • Secure on-going collaboration between employers and the skills system
    • Enable employers to become expert customers of the skills system
    • Define delivery methods that will encourage employer participation
  • Develop an approach to the promotion and understanding of the skills offer
  • Identify where attainment and progression challenges exist and develop approaches to address these
  • Develop subject-specific Academies that would bring together the skills offer in common themes such as leadership and management
  • Develop a coordinated approach to the development of enterprise education and entrepreneurial skills
  • Develop an approach to engage young people in the design and delivery of responses to the LIS’ People, Employment and Skills challenges

CASE STUDY: North West Nuclear Community Apprenticeship Programme

The North West Nuclear Community Apprenticeship Programme, developed by Sellafield Ltd., offers up to 50 new apprenticeships per year for small companies in Cumbria.

It is managed independently by the Cumbria Apprentice Training Agency and is aimed at boosting employment opportunities for local people and help drive economic growth in the region.

It is intended to do so by creating new opportunities for individuals of all ages, across a range of backgrounds, levels and professions.

The programme will benefit communities, individuals, supply chain companies and the wider nuclear sector and beyond through delivering a strategic programme of activities fully aligned to the Nuclear Sector Deal and the priorities of the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group. Cumbria LEP’s involvement in the programme is to help ensure that it meets employer needs. As such, it will form part of Cumbria LEP’s curriculum for inclusive growth to be contained within the Local Industrial Strategy.

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