REGIONAL SKILLS PARTNERSHIPS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY - JUNE 2005. Regional Skills Partnership Can We Really Make A Difference?. Mike Beasley Chair West Midlands Regional Skills Partnership. Regional Skills Partnership – Can We Really Make A Difference?. Who are we?
Regional Skills Partnership
Can We Really Make A Difference?
West Midlands Regional Skills Partnership
A Partnership that is focused on the skills needs of employers, individuals and the regional economy.
The Partnership Board includes:-
March 2005 Skills White Paper “Getting on in business, getting on at work”, highlighted the role of RSPs:-
“ a key lever … to give employers a stronger voice in shaping the supply of training”
“to help business create wealth …and help people realise their potential”
Built on the 2003 Skills White Paper … to develop a more “demand-led” approach.
In January 2005 the West Midlands RSP published priorities for 2005:-
Every adult and young person has basic employability skills and opportunities to progress;
Every employer has the skilled people they need, is making effective use of their skills and investing in workforce development;
The West Midlands has a growing number of high performing organisations, a knowledge-based economy and a strong enterprise culture.
Skills is not the only driver of the economy but expect to see changes in ..
Do you want to:-
Change current mis-alignment of “push” and “pull”
Better alignment with improved focus and strengthened demand
RSP will work across the West Midlands:-
A data driven approach;
A data driven approach
In Jan 2005 published first RSP analysis. A regional view of:-
Demand - the quality of jobs in the West Midlands, the skills needs of the jobs and how the skills needs will change over time if we are to develop a higher value added economy; and
Supply - the current skills of the people in the West Midlands and how these will change as a result of demographics.
Align the activities of all skills providers, provide accessible solutions such that the region will have two simple “offers” – one for employers and one for individuals.
We have already started to:-
Future plans include:-
Work with employers, when ever possible through existing employer networks, to understand their need for higher value added products and services and ensure they play their role in investing in skills.
We need employers to:-