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 2019.
Recent highlights include: the development of the Bucks Skills Show as the essential event to inform young people about career opportunities; being one of the only areas in the country to have all mainstream secondary schools in a Hub; development of workforce skills support programme – all leading to the Buckinghamshire Careers Hub being recognised as one of the highest achieving in the country by the Careers and Enterprise Company for the second year in a row!
Bucks Skills Show goes from strength to strength
The annual Bucks Skills Show is the county’s largest interactive and experiential skills festival, and this year the event took place entirely virtually between the 9th-13th November, with a focus on careers in the curriculum.
The Bucks Skills Show online 2020 aimed to help motivate students after lockdown, show students why subjects are relevant to real life – and why it matters, and inspire students to be positive about their futures.
To view videos of this year’s presentations and workshops please click here.
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.