To combat the growing problem of an unqualified workforce, the Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has redefined its vision for the Employer Ownership Fund. Round 2 of the Fund is now open, with a deadline for applications of 28th March 2013.
This project brings FE Colleges into working partnerships with businesses and other stakeholders to develop innovative training mechanisms that will stimulate growth and deliver sustainable employment. Charlie Mayfield, Chairman for the UKCES, summarises the project by saying,
My hope is that these bids will demonstrate that skills are an integral part of any wider industrial strategy. They will take a number of forms depending on the requirements of any given industry or locality. For example, employers may come together to take end-to-end responsibility for workforce development in their industry; entrepreneurs may show how they can work collaboratively with colleges to deliver high quality learning and take responsibility for ensuring that it boosts local competitiveness; and employers may collaborate through supply chains to engage and empower smaller businesses.
While FE Colleges can’t bid on their own, their value in a consortium bid with employers and other stakeholders is clear. Combined, they can work towards the provision of work and life skills—a pivotal step in workforce preparation.
Analyst puts labour market intelligence at the finger tips of FE colleagues involved in partnership and project working, which will add considerable value to a college’s role in an EOF consortium bid. Our tool enables FE colleges to show trends in the labour market, both in terms of occupations and industries, which provides the sort of sound evidence that is crucial for investment. Colleges can also comment on earnings, educational entry requirements and the skills and competencies expected at both a regional and a more localised ward level.
As part of its commitment to the sector, our staff includes team members with considerable and relevant FE experience. To find out how we can help your college contribute to the economic landscape in your community, please contact Andy Durman.
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