A group representing 27 further education colleges in England has called for the development of a ‘local skills agenda’ for young people from age 14 onwards.
Lynne Sedgmore CBE, executive director of the 157 Group, made the remarks after the publication of a new report examining the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in meeting local skills needs.
The 157 Group produced the report in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The three organisations will work with members of the 35 LEPs to realise their potential in meeting local skills needs.
Ms Sedgemore said: “The role of LEPs in providing strategic leadership and addressing priorities is central to the Government's strategy for sustainable long-term economic growth.”
Ms Sedgmore explained that the strategy works with colleges, universities and other providers working with local partners to ensure that skills between learners and employers are met, adding that there is a “strong case” for the development of local skills from the age of 14-year-olds.
The project began by assessing these needs along with the effectiveness of Labour Market Information (LMI) from October 2010-March 2011, as well as highlighting effective practise and areas for improvement.
Cllr Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board said he believes in the importance of local Government, businesses and colleges contributing to skills and training that “fits the need of employers”.
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