£50m investment in skills training for West of England

Education | Employment & Skills | Midlands | South West

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A multi-million pound investment in skills and training will be discussed at next week’s meeting of the West of England Combined Authority.

WECA has committed £50m to improving residents’ skills over the next 20 years, ensuring people living in the West of England have the right skills for the region’s businesses.

WECA will discuss projects to improve employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities; to work with 14-16 year olds to support them into education, employment or training; and to boost priority technical skills in the region.

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Improving job opportunities, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, can fulfil their potential is one of my key ambitions for the region.

“We’re already supporting young people through our Careers Hub, and improving skills to help people succeed at work with Future Bright. The new projects we’ll be discussing could help even more people to improve their futures.”

The Combined Authority is also developing a draft West of England Employment and Skills Plan, developed in partnership with businesses and skills providers, in line with the region’s Local Industrial Strategy.

Regional Mayor Tim Bowles added: “The plan is about making sure we support our people, communities, and businesses to thrive, and that we are developing the skills we need for the future, to grow our economy in ways that also protect our environment.”

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