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.
Facts and Figures
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.
Board members currently include:
In December 2017, the Government published its Careers Strategy and a summary can be found here and the full strategy here. The Gloucestershire Employment and Skills Board, GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire County Council warmly welcome the strategy and will be working closely over the coming months with other local stakeholders to implement the strategy and build on the existing local arrangements in the county.
14 March 2018
Opportunity for Cheltenham Growth Hub
Gloucestershire organisations are being invited to once again submit their interest as the Growth Hub expansion enters its next phase in Cheltenham.
27 February 2018
GFirst LEP Vacancy Strategic Business Manager
21 February 2018
Breaking News: Growth Deal Funding
Four major projects for the county have funding confirmed by GFirst LEP
10 January 2018
High profile coverage on BBC News for Cheltenham's new Cyber Park
GFirst LEP's CEO David Owen talks to BBC News about Cheltenham's new Cyber Park, which includes a £22m investment from the LEP.
3 January 2018
GFirst LEP has approved partners in the districts of Stroud and the Forest of Dean for the expanding Growth Hub Network
The Growth Hub is strengthening its presence in the county with confirmed partners Makespace@ the Malthouse in Stroud; and Vantage Point Business Village in the Forest of Dean.
20 December 2017
GFirst LEP Staff Vacancy - Enterprise Coordinator
GFirst LEP are looking for an Enterprise Coordinator to join our Education team.
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