Supporting local Skills and Employment
Monday 30 November 2015
As Milton Keynes continues to lead jobs growth, the council’s Economic Development and Inward Investment Team is leading efforts to ensure local people seeking employment, looking for a change of career or starting out in employment continue to benefit from this growth– by helping them boost their skills.
The team is creating a Skills Strategy for Milton Keynes to help ‘bridge the gap’ after local businesses highlighted challenges around recruiting employees with the right skills and experience in the Milton Keynes Business Survey 2014.
The Skills Strategy aims to help young people and adults secure and progress in employment by facilitating education and training that equips them with the skills that existing and new employers are looking for.
Cllr Matt Clifton, the Cabinet member responsible for Economic Growth and Inward Investment, said: “Ensuring businesses have access to a skilled labour force has a positive impact on business growth, our communities, and the wider success of the local economy.
“Milton Keynes is constantly praised by influential and very credible organisations, such as the highly respected Centre for Cities independent think-tank, which regularly puts us at number one for jobs growth and the place to do business.”
Pam Gosal, Head of Corporate Economic Development and Inward Investment said: “It is essential that we work closely with partners, existing and new businesses to ensure the development of a demand-led employment and skills approach in Milton Keynes”.
The team has been working closely with local partners to develop the draft Skills Strategy. A key issues and action planning workshop was held at the end of August, one to one consultation meetings have taken place and comments have been received from business representatives, education, officers and members from across the council, and the voluntary and community sector. The results of the extensive consultation with partners have added to a draft evidence base which provides a detailed picture of skills within Milton Keynes.
Based on the evidence base and consultation, the following four key priorities have been identified in the draft Skills Strategy:
- Raising standards in education and training provision
- Raising awareness of education, training and employment opportunities by providing excellent information, advice and guidance
- Creating a demand led system between business and education
- Widening participation and enhancing the labour pool
The team would now welcome wider feedback on the draft Skills Strategy and evidence base, through a public consultation running until 21 December 2015.