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Inspiring our Future – Developing a Skills System for Business Growth

Businesses continue to tell us that they are unable to fill vacancies, and many unemployed people struggle to access jobs on offer due to a lack of appropriate skills and qualifications. We have identified that activity is required to:

• Increase business intelligence that assists Further Education Colleges, Sixth Forms, Local Authorities and Independent Training Providers to develop training provision that addresses current and future business demand
• Provide re-training opportunities that supports local people to access the changing labour market and take more flexible career paths
• Prepare for the technical vocational reforms and the anticipated demand for increasing work placements
• Increase the number of apprenticeships and enable progression to higher level apprenticeships

Skills provision has historically been complex and fragmented, however devolution presents an opportunity for Tees Valley. The Combined Authority will have the ability to align skills funding streams, for a more effective and joined up system that addresses local challenges and seizes opportunities to improve outcomes for residents and businesses across Tees Valley.

We will:

• Support apprenticeships
• Increase the relevancy and quantity of apprenticeship training to economic growth
• Create progressive apprenticeship routeways
• Encourage the creation of degree apprenticeships

The opportunity to deliver a devolved adult learning budget that will:

• Increase access to learning for adults
• Align training to business needs
• Reward progression
• Enable second-chance training offers
• Develop a post-16 technical skills offer and curriculum by preparing for T levels introduction in 2020
• Increase business influence of skills training

This initial programme will run up to 2021 with both TVCA investment, use of the European Social Fund and future devolved Adult Education Budget from Department for Work and Pensions.

If you have any questions about this project please contact us