Manufacturing and engineering skills meeting

November 16, 2015

Talks on skills support for the engineering and manufacturing sector are to take place at a meeting in Herefordshire later this month.
Earlier this year, businesses across the Marches area were asked to identify barriers to their business growth at a meeting of employers from the sector organised by The Marches LEP.
At this event, owners and managers present made it clear that their key issue was the lack of relevant training and skills provision in the local area.
Following on from this meeting the Skills Board of the LEP commissioned a survey of manufacturers across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford which was completed in September.
Businesses are now being invited to a meeting involving members of the LEP Skills Board and Engineering and Manufacturing employers to:
Seek views about whether the results in the survey reflect fully the problems employers are encountering with the current skills and training provision delivered via FE and Sixth Form colleges, Universities and private training providers.
Seek suggestions from employers about how they feel the training provision, including apprenticeships, could be developed to better meet the staff training and development needs of engineering manufacturing employers in Herefordshire.
Outline how we will use the results of the survey and the issues raised at this meeting to shape tenders for both capital and revenue funding in 2016/17 to address any gaps and developments in training provision for the manufacturing and engineering sector.
An event will also be held for businesses in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin on a date to be confirmed.
The event will be held on November 23 at the Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court. For more information and to book please visit the Eventbrite page here

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

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