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 the six other Gloucestershire local authorities established an Employment and Skills Board (ESB) in the summer of 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 Terms of Reference can be found here
The first meeting of the Board took place in October 2017.
Past agendas and minutes can be found here.
The Board will meet every quarter. The scheduled dates of the meetings are:
13th December 2018
Current Board members are:
An evidence base has been produced to aid discussion and decision-making. The document can here found 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.
The Board is advised by Pete Carr (GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire County Council) and Kathryn Wagstaff (University of Gloucestershire)
11 November 2019
Grants available for Rural Businesses
On 4th November the doors opened to new applications for grant funding for rural businesses.
22 October 2019
Youth Survey 2019
GFirst LEP is today publishing the results of a major survey of young people.
20 September 2019
GFirst LEP Annual Review 2019
Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP would like to thank everyone who attended our eighth Annual Review event on Thursday 19th September at the University of Gloucestershire, in the new School of Business and Technology.
18 September 2019
The UK Cyber Business Park – Cyber Central is a joint public and private sector initiative aimed at creating the UK’s first dedicated hub, in Cheltenham, to support the growth and development of new cyber security businesses, technology, research and skills.
23 August 2019
GFirst LEP appoint new Board Member
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, is delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Hanby to the Board of Directors as a Board Member.
23 July 2019
GFirst LEP appoints two new Board Members
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, is delighted to announce the appointments of Lorrin White and Ruth Dooley to the Board of Directors.
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