Meeting the skills needs of employers.
Cumbria has a successful track record of employers, training providers and agencies working together to secure a high quality, relevant skills offer for their communities.
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is aiming to build on that by ensuring more effective, collaborative partnership working between skills providers and the business community to meet the skills needs of employers in the county.
That means more targeted training activity being focused on sector specific and cross-sectoral skills gaps. A key element of this work involves building on research to date with a more detailed analysis of current employment and skills profiles, as well as planning for future employer needs and skills provision.
We also work in partnership with The Edge, a European Social Fund project co-financed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency. It offers funded training solutions up to Level 4 and support to recruit apprentices to enable Cumbria to have one of the fastest growing economies in the country.
There are several major programmes of investment due to come on stream in Cumbria in the coming years, notably the nuclear new build programme at Moorside and other energy, decommissioning and defence projects.
Developing a more comprehensive understanding of workforce needs within key sectors and individual employers, both for now and in the future, will enable the design and delivery of tailored skills solutions.
Workforce development support will also be aimed at SMEs which will be given special access to training to assist with upskilling their teams if they lose key members of staff who move on to work on major infrastructure schemes like Moorside.