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Skills Development

Helping Cumbrian employers recruit and train a highly skilled workforce

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 work experience 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.

With an ageing workforce driving an increasing need for replacement demand, Cumbria faces a challenging supply issue.

This, combined with the need to increase higher level skills will require innovative responses to retain and strengthen the skills base across the county. Youth unemployment and concentrations of worklessness in some areas require targeted support solutions.

This can be delivered by the continued development of a skills system that responds to the needs of employers and residents (both current and future) and a skills offer that reflects the rapid changes to employment and sector skills needs.

Cumbria benefits from a responsive skills system built on effective partnerships between employers, Colleges, Higher Education Institutions, private training providers, schools, voluntary and community sector and other agencies.

These partnerships provide a range of qualifications and skills that enable employers to access a skilled workforce and students to build their careers. However, the productivity challenge needs to be addressed and the economy needs to offer opportunities to all – inclusive growth. The skills offer therefore needs to reflect these challenges.

You can download the latest Local Skills Report here (.PDF – 7.2MB).

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Develop higher
level skills

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Create the
future workforce

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Develop future

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Address worklessness
and provide unemployment support

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Young People:
Work Experience in Cumbria

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