Skills and Education

Cheshire and Warrington is a highly successful economy – our economic strengths are founded on a skilled and talented workforce, with more people qualified to degree level than the national average.

We need to make use of all our talent and with an ageing population and a demand for 71,000 more people qualified to Level 3 or above by 2027, this will be a challenge which cannot be met by the current levels of new entrants to the labour market – it will only be achieved if we skill our existing workforce and ensure that all our young people understand the career and progression opportunities open to them.

Our skills and education priorities have been developed by the LEP’s Employers’ Skills and Education Board, which incorporates the functions of a Skills Advisory Panel, in consultation with local partners. The Skills and Education Plan that was produced in 2018 set out plans for working with businesses and skills and learning providers to ensure that our businesses have the skills they need to grow, and individuals have the skills they need to progress.

Most recently we have produced a refreshed statement of priorities that builds on our 2018 Plan and takes account of our current Covid-related challenges:

Our vision is to be a healthy, sustainable, inclusive, and growing region. We will build a better and more resilient future together recognising the changing landscape. We are operating in a new, digital, and innovative world and therefore the Cheshire and Warrington Skills and Education priorities are:

• Young People – our employers will be at the heart of inspiring and informing people about future technologies, career pathways and learning so that they can make well-informed decisions about their futures.
• Employees – employees will develop the skills and aptitudes that employers require to be able to grow, innovate and adopt digital. Highlighted skill gaps include amongst others green tech, life sciences, logistics, digital and STEM skills to support our key sectors.
• Economically Inactive and Unemployed – those who are out of work will be helped to access employment; those who are threatened with unemployment will be helped to stay employed; and those furthest from the labour market will be helped to move closer to it. We will align national and local programmes, and local investment (where available), to secure maximum impact.

In delivering these priorities, we will be inclusive, agile, deliver with pace and keep it simple. We will be data and labour market intelligence and stakeholder feedback driven, recognising the changing environment.

Download the 2018 plan here

Download our latest Skills Report here  and the associated data and labour market intelligence reports in Annex A here and Annex B here

Find out more about the details of our skills support for business here

Find out more about our data and labour market intelligence here