Learn­ing part­ner­ship pi­lot role for LeP

The Wokingham Paper - - BUSINESS -

THe Lo­cal eco­nomic Part­ner­ship for Berk­shire has been se­lected to take part in a pi­lot scheme to im­prove learn­ing and skills.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced at the Depart­ment for ed­u­ca­tion’s Skills Sum­mit, held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30.

There are seven pi­lot schemes be­ing set up by the Gov­ern­ment across the coun­try.

The scheme recog­nises that lo­cal ar­eas are al­ready in­volved in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure that lo­cal train­ing pro­vi­sion meets the needs of em­ploy­ers, and the seven Skills Ad­vi­sory Pan­els will sup­port this ac­tiv­ity.

The pan­els will be em­bed­ded within LePs and will bring to­gether em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tion, with the sup­port of the Depart­ment for ed­u­ca­tion, with the aim of en­sur­ing that there is lo­cal in­flu­ence at na­tional level.

Camp­bell Christie CBe, Fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion Lead and Thames Val­ley Berk­shire LeP direc­tor, said: “The LeP’s in­volve­ment in the first Dfe Skills Sum­mit marked a wel­come step-for­ward in the part­ner­ship be­tween gov­ern­ment and busi­ness, which the ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary re­ferred to as a key ve­hi­cle to help de­liver a skills rev­o­lu­tion.

“Busi­ness-led Lo­cal en­ter­prise Part­ner­ships are play­ing a key part in that.”

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