Achievements and progress to date
Buckinghamshire LEP invested £220,000 of its Growing Places Fund into the skills agenda in May 2015. That focus and resource leveraged further funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company matched by Bucks County Council resulting in an overall total of three times the original investment to £757,000 by August 2019.
Skills development is central to creating local conditions for sustained innovation, excellence and growth, and through our shared cohesive skills agenda, we are connecting educators and employers. Buckinghamshire LEP’s Skills Hub and the Enterprise Adviser Network (part of the Careers and Enterprise Company’s national network) supported 150,000 employer-student encounters in Bucks in 2018/19.
Home to one of 20 pilot Careers Hubs in England as part of the established Careers and Enterprise Company programme, we are connecting schools and businesses and organising skills competitions in schools with employers including Bosch, East-West Rail and the National Film & Television School, and work place visits to British Standards Institution and Emerson.
The annual Bucks Skills Show is the county’s largest interactive and experiential skills festival: 3,000+ people attended across the two day event in October 2018, with 100+ high profile exhibitors linked to Buckinghamshire LEP growth sectors and guest speakers included David Lidington MP, Google, Ministry of Sound, ITV News, Civil Service and Sir Anthony Seldon.
Finally, Bucks LEP was delighted by the news in September that its Buckinghamshire Careers Hub was recognised as the highest achieving in the country by the Careers and Enterprise Company. The State of the Nation 2019 report, which represents the most comprehensive assessment of careers education in England, placed Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership as the top performing area for careers provision by achieving the highest average number of Gatsby benchmarks of 4.2 – compared to the national average of 3.0.
Buckinghamshire LEP has developed a growth focussed Local Industrial Strategy to build on key industrial assets in Bucks, such as Pinewood, Silverstone and Westcott. As part of this, the skills strategy is evolving around The Inspiration Revolution: inspiring young people to pursue technical and professional careers as part of the new technical education and training system (T-Levels, apprenticeships), which is seen as key to meeting the skills and workforce requirements of businesses associated with the priority sectors and raising productivity across Buckinghamshire LEP as well as inspiring employers and young people through a new technically-led system.