Cheshire and Warrington Employment and Skills Strategy
The Cheshire and Warrington Employment and Skills Strategy takes place against a much changed policy environment. The recent changes introduced to skills policy and funding go further than any previous measures in terms of transferring power away from Government and putting employers at the heart of the decision making process.
These changes will undoubtedly create challenges for Cheshire and Warrington, especially given the reduced Government funding available for workforce development. However, alongside the greater freedom proposed for colleges and other training providers, there is a genuine opportunity for the sub-region to try new and innovative solutions for engaging employers and demonstrating the benefits of investing in their workforce.
LEPs are also gaining more influence over economic development and skills priorities and how central and European funding can be used to meet local economic development and skills priorities. As part of these new responsibilities, LEPs are developing Strategic Economic Plans and funding strategies for the delivery of structural and investment funds. This priorities identified in this strategy will inform and be integrated in to both of these documents.