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Skills and apprenticeship hub is launched

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has launched a new skills initiative designed to provide a one-stop shop to meet businesses’ training and skills needs.  

The GBSLEP Skills and Apprenticeships Hub has been launched on the first day of Resilience Evolution Recovery, a week-long series of virtual events hosted by GBSLEP focused on key themes for businesses from around the region.  

The new hub will enable the delivery of a completely business focused skills offer to employers across the GBSLEP region, with expert apprenticeship advisors and skills brokers working with employers to design and develop a demand led approach to training, bringing all the expertise and support services that are available under one umbrella.

Helen Higson, chair of GBSLEP’s Employment and Skills Board, said: “The Skills Hub will provide a one-stop, business-focused skills solution for employers across the GBSLEP geography. It will house many of our recovery response programmes; including ‘Plan for Jobs’ interventions such as the Kickstart scheme, apprenticeship grants and traineeships. 

“It is crucial that our businesses have access to the right skills. We have been identifying the skills needs we face and how our economy is best placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities in all of our priority sector work areas: life sciences, advanced manufacturing, business, professional and financial service, creative industries and low carbon.  

“We see skills and training as a catalyst to economic recovery and we are committed to ensuring recovery builds an economy stronger than before.” 

Businesses based in the nine local authority areas covered by GBSLEP will have access to the new hub. The areas include Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.  

To sign up for GBSLEP’s Resilience Evolution Recovery virtual event series, go to https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=582005& 

Pictured: Helen Higson

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