The current priorities on which we intend to influence the debates at national level are:

Driving improvements in education and skills and assessing how implementation of the recommendations of the area reviews of further education are contributing to improvements in local economic performance

One of our key strategic roles in the area of HE & FE education, skills and employment is to ensure that we are driving the creation of talent pipelines (at all levels) into our businesses, be they private, public or third sector and that employers are exploring their workforce development needs to support business growth and ultimately economic growth of the Coast to Capital area.


Through our expanding Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) we are forging strategic links between business and education, helping to raise awareness of the world of work and to improve the employability skills of our school and college students. A greater awareness of the jobs and careers on offer in the Coast to Capital area will enable students to follow the most appropriate vocational and/or academic pathway and to become a part of the talent pipelines into business.


Through strategic support and challenge, we, along with neighbouring LEPs and our local authorities, are taking a leadership role in ensuring the implementation of the recommendations from the Area Based Reviews of Further Education. Together, and in consultation with business, we will ensure that colleges are fully informed of the employment and skills needs of the area, that they design curricula that meets local economic need and that they are at the heart of their community and involved in local regeneration.


You can find individual Area Based Review reports and recommendations at 

Employment and Skills - Strategic Leadership Priorities 2016/17

Kirsten Trussell

Head of Strategy and Policy

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