As a Local Enterprise Partnership, we’ve been tasked by the government to provide the strategic leadership necessary to set economic priorities and create the right environment for business and growth.
In our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), we’ve committed to providing the county with a highly employable and economically productive workforce by 2022, which meets the needs of local businesses and high-value growth sectors.
To achieve this, we’re doing the following:
Our integrated approach stimulates the demand for skills provision for school, college and university leavers, enabling interested parties to meet the needs of our local industry by providing the right number of places in the right skills areas and at the appropriate level.
The Gloucestershire Skills Statement, published in March 2017, outlines our vision and aims for bridging the skills gap and stimulating growth as a result.
jobs created from the A40 project
jobs created from the Cyber Business Park project
secured for the Forest of Dean
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire County Council and other Gloucestershire local authorities established an Employment and Skills Board in summer 2017. The board provides a link between the workforce and training needs of local employers with the provision of local education, training and skills providers in the county to ensure there are strong matches between them.
The first meeting of the board took place in October 2017. The board will meet every quarter. An evidence base has been produced to aid discussion and decision making. The document can here found here.
Board members currently include:
18 October 2017
GFirst LEP collaborate with Cybersecurity company PixelPin
GFirst LEP has collaborated with Cybersecurity company, PixelPin, to provide secure access to the Growth Hub’s online business support services.
4 October 2017
GFirst LEP Annual Review 2017
We’d like to say a big thank you to those that our attended our sixth Annual Review event at Rush Skate Park, in Brimscombe, Stroud.
21 September 2017
Get to Know GFirst LEP
Discover how GFirst LEP is transforming Gloucestershire's economy.
16 September 2017
High Impact Export Support for High Growth SMES
Gloucestershire is home to major exporters such as Prima Dental and Renishaw, however as identified in the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership Structural and Investment Funds Strategy, there is evidence that productivity has slowed.
10 September 2017
New Call ERDF
The following European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) call is now open for partners to begin the application process. This call invites proposals that support inward (foreign direct) investment into the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area. The budget for this call is £500K. The closing date for submissions is 10th November 2017.
29 August 2017
Private Sector & Voluntary/Community Sector Board Member
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