An action plan which will help increase the employability of people living in the Liverpool City Region has been officially launched at an event in Knowsley.
The plan sets out 12 priorities for improving employability skills across the region, including:
- Identifying any gaps in existing employability skills provision across the city region
- Increasing support for residents already in work to improve their employability skills
- Developing routes to high-level employability and English, maths and digital skills for those in lower level roles to ensure the city region is ready for the development of further technical and professional jobs.
The Employability Skills for Growth Action Plan draws on existing evidence and primary research with key stakeholders across the city region to set out what can be done to tackle skills gaps and ensure the workforce has the kinds of skills employers are likely to want and need in the future.
It sets out specific actions that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, local training providers and employers need to take to address current skills shortages and predicts what those future employability skills needs will be.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“As a Combined Authority, one of our key priorities is ensuring that people have the right skills to build well-paid, rewarding careers, and that employers have people with the skills they need to grow.
“Better employability skills will help people find work and progress in those jobs, boosting the productivity and performance of our employers, and creating more high-value jobs, benefitting people across the city region.
“This Action Plan sets out an ambitious programme to make that happen and secure fair and inclusive growth across all sectors.”
Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“I was delighted to welcome Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and fellow employment and skills portfolio holders from across the city region to Knowsley to launch the Employability Skills for Growth action plan.
“In Knowsley we understand how important employability skills are for our residents to get a job, sustain a job and advance in their chosen career. Our Knowsley Works team plays an important role in offering training, advice, information and guidance to our residents to help them into work and this new action plan will further help us, and our colleagues across the city region, to help residents to obtain the relevant employability skills they need to secure a job.”
The report also identifies ways in which providers and employers across the city region are tackling the employability skills gap through schemes including:
The Ways to Work programme
Delivered by the six Local Authorities across Liverpool City Region, this programme provides a range of services which help people build up their employability skills and help them into work. The project works with unemployed people, and people over 16 who are not in education, employment or training.
The Working Futures programme
Delivered by a partnership of 13 not-for-profit training providers based in the Liverpool City Region, Working Futures supports people aged 16 to 29 who are not currently in employment, education or training (NEET) to take control of their own lives and move towards a better future.
Building Better Opportunities
This UK-wide programme of funding has invested in the Liverpool City Region to deliver two programmes to improve employability. One of projects it has helped fund is ‘Better Off Finance’, which supports people who lack financial capabilities, and as a result struggle to find and keep a job. Another, ‘Include-IT Mersey’, supports people with digital skills, which they often need when applying for work.