The Government has published Skills for Growth, a new National Skills Strategy.
This highlights the fact that skilled people are one of the building blocks of successful businesses. Skilled workers can carry out more complex tasks, work more effectively and produce higher value products and services.
They are also better at adapting to changing working environments, enabling firms to respond better to changing global competition and technology. This tends to be particularly effective when businesses use these skills in combination with investment in innovation and technology.
The strategy puts skills at the heart of economic development.
At a regional level Advantage West Midlands will lead work on a regional strategy that sets out employer demand and aligns skills priorities closely with economic development.
The key issues have already been fed into an initial statement of regional skills priorities being developed by Advantage West Midlands (not yet published).
We’re also holding two free seminars in January 2010.
Thursday 28th January 2010, 10am-11:30am
An opportunity to hear about the key findings and issues emerging from the Regional Skills Assessment and participate in a debate led by Dave Hill, Warwickshire County Council’s Economic Strategy Advisor, on the key skills policy priorities for local areas.
Friday 29th January 2010, 8:30am-10am
This event is an opportunity to hear the key findings and issues emerging from the Regional Skills Assessment and participate in a debate led by Geoff Fletcher, Advantage West Midlands’ Skills Team Leader, on the key skills policy priorities for the region.
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