Have your say on council’s plans to improve skills of workforce

Dec 02, 2015

Consultation has begun on the council’s draft Skills Strategy, which has identified four key priorities.

The aim of the strategy is to raise the level of skills among young people and adults as they develop their careers.

The Skills Strategy for Milton Keynes follows feedback from businesses in the Milton Keynes Business Survey 2014, which highlighted challenges around recruiting employees with the right skills and experience.

Cllr Matt Clifton, cabinet member responsible for economic growth and inward investment, said: “Ensuring businesses have access to a skilled labour force has a positive impact on business growth, our communities, and the wider success of the local economy.”

The draft SkillsStrategy for Milton Keynes has highlighted four priority areas:

  • Raising standards in education and training provision;
  • Raising awareness of education, training and employment opportunities by providing excellent information, advice and guidance;
  • Creating a demand led system between business and education;
  • Widening participation and enhancing the labour pool.

The draft strategy has been developed following a key issues and action planning workshop in August, one-to-one consultation meetings and feedback from business representatives, education, council officers and members and the voluntary and community sector.  

Pam Gosal pictured, head of corporate economic development and inward investment at Milton Keynes Council, said: “It is essential that we work closely with partners, existing and new businesses to ensure the development of a demand-led employment and skills approach in Milton Keynes.”

The consultation is open until December 21. To have your say, visit http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/consultations/Consultation/2380 

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