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)
12 December 2018
The Growth Hub Stroud
Gloucestershire organisations are being invited to submit their interest as the Growth Hub expansion enters its next phase in Stroud.
26 November 2018
We're Hiring - Senior Research Manager
20 November 2018
GFirst LEP Annual Review Film Highlights
Enjoy this highlight film shot by Squashed Robot of our Annual Review 2018.
15 November 2018
GFirst LEP Annual Review 2018
Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our seventh Annual Review event at Hartpury University on Wednesday 14th November. With record-breaking numbers of over 350 delegates attending including an exciting mix of students and young entrepreneurs.
19 October 2018
We're Hiring - Education Team!
GFirst LEP have 2 new exciting opportunities to join our expanding Education Team. Apply now!
19 October 2018
We're Hiring - Inward Investment Team!
GFirst LEP have 3 new exciting opportunities for our new Inward Investment Team! Apply now!
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