Seminars on the 2009 Regional Skills Assessment and the new Regional Skills Strategy

Person wiring cables at Stourbridge CollegeThe 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 Observatory has already begun to contribute to this process. The Observatory’s Regional Skills Assessment 2009 is now in final draft and will be published in February 2010.

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.

The 2009 Skills Assessment for local organisations and their sub-​regions

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.

The 2009 Skills Assessment and Regional Skills Policy

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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