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Could you be the Chair for the Southern Staffordshire Employment and Skills Board

The Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) covers an area stretching from South Staffordshire, through Birmingham, Solihull into north Worcestershire in the south.

It has a mission to increase business productivity, investment, growth, exports and to reduce unemployment. To achieve the latter, there is an Employment and Skills Board into which four local boards report.

As a local subsidiary of the GBSLEP Employment and Skills Board, the Southern Staffordshire Employment and Skills Board are a seeking a new chair to oversee its activities. The Chair provides a clear line of communication between the West Midland Combined Authority Strategic Economic Planning Board, the GBSLEP Board and its main ESB. Specifically, the SSESB:-

  • Sets and programme manages the strategy to deliver the GBSLEP employment and local skills objectives in Southern Staffordshire.
  • Informs and responds to issues identified by the main LEP Board.
  • Drives investment decisions for the use of the government’s Local Growth Fund and the ESIF.
  • Oversees delivery of strategy by the SSESB and other ESB member collaborations.

The post therefore provides an ideal opportunity to use your communication skills to bring together and articulate the views of a range of key players within the north Worcestershire labour market.

The current SSESB comprises representatives from, local businesses, colleges, schools, Department of Work and Pensions and other organisations with an interest in the employment and skills agenda. Secretariat is provided by the Cannock Chase District Council (Economic Development Team).

We would welcome applications from candidates holding senior positions (usually at director level) within local businesses and organisations. Candidates operating within any of the GBSLEPs priority sector such as, advanced manufacturing, digital and creative, life and health sciences, low carbon and environmental technologies / services and business / professional services, logistics would be particularly welcome.

Candidates should expect to chair bi-monthly meetings held at varying Southern Staffordshire locations and to attend 4 Main ESB meetings per year. The position is voluntary and appointments are generally for 1 year but with the possibility of renewal.

For more details please contact Vernice Jeffers’, Cannock Chase District Council, Economic Development Team at

Read the job description here.

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Innovation Challenge Forum

To help us meet our goals GBSLEP is seeking to set up an Innovation Challenge Forum (ICF) (comprised of a pool of practitioners we can draw upon to review incoming proposals) who are the first line of engagement and potential customers for innovative products or services (e.g. NHS, local authority, corporates, entrepreneurs, SMEs and interest groups) and academic experts to bring a stronger ‘market voice’ to stimulate and prioritise demand-led innovation activities in line with the GBSLEP Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

To establish the ICF, GBSLEP is inviting expressions of interest from innovation experts to act in a non-executive advisory capacity tasked with reviewing and ranking innovation proposals.

Read the full candidate brief here.

How to apply

Expressions of interest are invited from suitable individuals in line with the Role Description and Person Specification (in the above candidate brief). In addition applicants are invited to submit a short CV (no more than 3 pages).

The expression of interest form can be downloaded here.

Applications should be submitted electronically to and marked ‘ICF Member Expression of Interest’ in the subject line. Alternatively, please post your application to: GBSLEP, Ground Floor, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND. Expressions of interest are also welcome from individuals based outside of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region.