On the day delegates discussed empowering the regions by developing an integrated and devolved employment service. There was focus on decentralising skills policy, sources of funding and advocating for future deals as well as improving regional productivity.
Attendees discussed how local employers can be encouraged to engage with schools and educational providers to extend the number of encounters children have with employers, as well as how Mayoral Combined Authorities and LEPs anticipate future skill requirements to ensure these encounters include employers from growth sectors.
There was also a session on the role of Metro Mayors, looking at the steps that can be taken to encourage employers to make use of apprenticeships along with providing local leadership to meet skills needs.
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