Skills Board Backs EDAs For 2017

December 13th, 2016
Employment & Skills Board

The Essex Employment and Skills board (ESB) is to back the Essex Digital Awards for the third year running.

The ESB is a strategic body which is made up of representatives from local businesses such as Ford UK, Raytheon and IFDS, FE and HE educators, the NHS and local authorities. The board has been created to provide businesses and the public sector influence in the development of workplace skills across the county and will sponsor the “Website: Small Business” award.

It will also preside over the “Future of Essex” award through the ESB’s Education and Industry STEM Programme.

It is the third year that the “Future of Essex” award is to be presented at the Essex Digital Awards.

It was launched in collaboration with the EDA team to recognise the array of promising young digital talent around the county through technology-based projects which bring together schools, students and people from businesses around the county.

Paul Coffey, ESB sector lead for IT, Digital and Creative, explained why the organisation chose to get involved with the Awards once again: “We are delighted to be supporting this event which shares our views that exceptional local skills and businesses should be celebrated.  As the digital and creative industry expands, offering both opportunities and challenges, we must ensure Essex is well equipped to thrive.”

The ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme has, over the past year, informed, inspired and enabled over 1,000 young people across 30 Essex schools to work with local businesses and consider a career using their science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

For further information on the Programme, click here:

The ESB has four main objectives, which are:

To ensure the creation of a robust evidence base for skills and to use this to develop an executable five-year business plan which incorporates an implementation plan and is reviewed annually

To support the deployment of the new enabling mechanisms which contribute to the closer alignment of skills provision and business need – including an online employer portal and the Essex Skills Investment Fund (ESIF)

To champion involvement and participation in the skills system by engaging widely with businesses through disseminating information from the Board and by creating the conditions which allow the views of interested businesses to be taken into consideration

To take the case for requisite finance and flexibilities to Government on behalf of all Essex providers, businesses and public sector agencies.

Information on the ESB and other activities is available at:

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