Queen's Speech reaction: GBSLEP ready to deliver national recovery

Queen's Speech reaction: GBSLEP ready to deliver national recovery

11 May 2021

Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Tim Pile, Chairman, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP):

“Today in the Queen’s Speech the Government has outlined its priorities to build back stronger, greener and fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our partnership of local authority, business and further and higher education leaders stands ready to deliver a national recovery that will create jobs, support businesses and drive inclusive economic growth forwards.

At GBSLEP, we’re already working at pace with our partners to create opportunities to ‘level up’ the region as a whole. Our newly formed Skills and Apprenticeship Hub is already helping to deliver skills training to people of all ages in line with the Government’s ambition of the ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’. We have made significant investments in areas of the economy that we see has high growth such as Health Technologies and Life Sciences, with a £14m investment in the Precision Health Technologies Accelerator on the pioneering Birmingham Health Innovation Campus.

It’s fantastic to hear about plans to extend 5G across the country. Here at GBSLEP we have been leading the way, with our £1 million support of the first 5G accelerator in the UK. Embracing innovation and technology will aid our green recovery and help deliver the Government’s Ten Point Plan and Plan for Growth.

Creating better places for our communities and businesses is imperative and it underpins our work and our projects. We recognise the importance of today’s announcement on bringing forward planning reform to increase sustainable housing and await further details on how we can integrate our wider place making initiatives to further improve our towns and cities for all of our residents.”

Commenting on the forthcoming skills legislation, Professor Helen Higson, GBSLEP Chair of Employment and Skills Board said:

“We welcome the government’s promise of a skills revolution. Here at GBSLEP we recognise the need to have the right skills and training for a route into satisfying jobs, and progress through rewarding careers, through our Skills and Apprenticeship Hub. Our business-led approach enables us to be specific and targeted in the way we assess what job roles an organisation needs, the associated skills training needed and the complementary offer local providers can supply. All of GBSLEP’s skills work is underpinned by our strategic vision and the objective to create thousands of level 3+ qualifications for the existing workforce, as well as for those that are entering the workplace for the first time or returning in the current climate.

Our ambition of providing higher level skills training will help create a pipeline of talent for the businesses we work with in key areas of growth such as low carbon, creative industries, life sciences, business, professional and financial services and advanced food and drink manufacturing. Together with our partners in local government, business and education we stand ready to deliver the Government’s 'Lifetime skills guarantee’. It will enable individuals to access higher level skills at any point in their careers to meet the needs of employers,  facilitate business recovery and increase future productivity.”

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