Private social care sector representation on the New Anglia LEP Skills Board
N&SCS’s Chief Operating Officer, Christine Futter, has been appointed as a representative of the private care sector on the Skills Board for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
As Christine was a co-author the Skills Plan for the health and social care sector and co-lead for the recruitment and retention priority there was already a connection. This is a great opportunity for the care sector to be represented at a strategic level to shape and influence the skills agenda for the workforce.
What is a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)?
Set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within a local area. They carry out some of the functions previously carried out by the regional development agencies which were abolished in March 2012.
Local Enterprise Partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.
LEPs come in all shapes and sizes and the make-up of Boards, in terms of public and private-sector participants, varies greatly.
How many are there?
To date there are 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships in operation. You can find out more about them here:
What geographical area does New Anglia LEP cover?
New Anglia LEP covers the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.
What are their plans?
The New Anglia Strategic Economic Plan sets out their aim to create 95,000 more jobs, 10,000 new businesses and 117,000 more homes by 2026..
They have been awarded a multi-million pound Growth Deal which will boost skills, drive innovation, provide targeted business support and improve transport and infrastructure.
They campaign for better infrastructure and connectivity and New Anglia LEP is leading the Great Eastern Rail Campaign for investment in the Norwich to London main line.
New Anglia LEP offers funding, advice and support to growing businesses from SMEs to start-ups. They also help to fund major infrastructure projects across the two counties.
Part of their Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk involves how they look to ensure that they have a sufficient workforce, equipped with the right type and level of skills and competencies in order to support our economy to flourish and grow.
What is the Skills Board?
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership provides visible leadership from business on the skills agenda for Norfolk and Suffolk’s future economy. The Skills Board will oversee the programme to deliver the commitments made within their Skills Manifesto. This can be found here:
The Skills Manifesto document highlight the key to the LEP’s success is skills and training. It emphasises the opportunity for business, the public sector and voluntary organisations to work with the Government to invest in the future of New Anglia.
What is the role of the Skills Board?
It provides recommendations to the LEP Board regarding the future skills strategy; it is a focus for decision making and leadership regarding skills and workforce strategy and programmes. It also provides recommendations to the LEP board over capital investment projects. Representatives on the Board are there voluntarily and there is a commitment to attend up to six meetings a year.
Who sits on the Skills Board?
The New Anglia Skills Board is an employer led board which brings together the private sector, the LEP, Local Authorities, training providers and relevant government departments such as Department of Works and Pensions and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
What are their objectives?
Develop Skills for Growth for all
- Influencing the shape of the skills system so that business can develop and access a skilled workforce
- Enhanced Training Infrastructure
- Increased employer involvement and investment
Deliver the Youth Pledge
- Clear and accessible Information Advice and Guidance - inspiration for prosperous careers, including within the local economy
- A training and employment support offer for all young people that supports them to achieve their goals.
Remove Barriers to Work
- Every individuals who wants to work is support to achieve that goal
- A strong agenda of social inclusion
- A strong basic skills offer to ensure all age access to training and progression
As a representative Christine is there to highlight the issues for private providers in the care sector but also to support the development and delivery of the role of the Skills Board.
Norfolk and Suffolk are awaiting the outcome of a bid submitted for European Social Funding to support the care sector under the title ‘Developing Skills in Health and Social Care.’ It is covering the area In Work Pay and Progression in the Health and Social Care Sector and responding to the call for Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning. It is a £6.5 million bid and there are 3 rounds. We have completed the first and are awaiting feedback due at the end of January 2018.