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)
21 March 2019
Local Industrial Strategy - Call for Evidence
Overview To develop a Local Industrial Strategy for Gloucestershire, GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership is issuing a public ‘Call for Evidence’.
8 March 2019
Leader Views - Dr Diane Savory OBE
Dr Diane Savory is Chair of GFirst LEP. After joining Cult Clothing, the predecessor of SuperGroup Plc, she rapidly progressed through the organisation to become its Chief Operating Officer, transforming the company from a small, local enterprise to the now-distinctive global fashion retailer that is Superdry. Here, Diane encourages more women from all business sectors to consider getting involved and contributing to their LEP.
8 March 2019
Third wave of the UK’s science and innovation audits published
Wave 3 of the science and innovation audits (SIAs) have been published today, which have identified a number of strengths in different industries across the country. From the marine economy in the Highlands of Scotland to Steel Innovation in South Wales, the SIAs have boosted the country’s understanding of the UK’s scientific and research strengths and the commercial opportunities that exist in different regions.
12 February 2019
Chancellor of the Exchequer opens new Business School and Growth Hub building
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, visited the University of Gloucestershire on Thursday 7th February to officially open the new Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester.
11 February 2019
Preparing for Brexit
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.
8 January 2019
GFirst LEP ERDF Film 2018
A short film showcasing ERDF projects in Gloucestershire.
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