Last month saw the publication of the Government’s response to Lord Heseltine’s report challenging key stakeholders to step up and play a key part in wealth creation in the UK. No Stone Unturned sets out 89 recommendations for the government to explore in a bid to help fuel economic growth against a prolonged period of gloom in the UK economy.
Recommendation 81: Each LEP should incorporate skills needs within their local economic plans driven by the needs of local employers and the practical experience of FE colleges.
The government’s response in large part accepts Heseltine’s recommendations and sets a vision to propel economic growth. At the core of this vision is the skills agenda, particularly that of further and higher education. Both papers heavily underline the need for local employers to inform the skills supplied by local institutions.
A skills system that is responsive to local needs can help drive economic growth.”
In the last couple of years, EMSI has worked closely with colleges and universities to provide intelligence about the changing nature of the economies they support, in order to ensure that curriculum meets local employment need – not just for today but focusing on the skills need of tomorrow. We have developed a mechanism for providers to promote their skills development by showcasing the link between their courses and local employment opportunities. And we provide independent, empirical evidence of the impact of the institution on the community it serves.
We are excited to be working at the heart of the education sector, driving forward the skills agenda to meet the challenges set forth by Heseltine and the government’s response.
(Image source: No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth, March 2013)