The Employment and Skills Board was set up in 2009 to bring together the supply and demands sides of the Pennine Lancashire labour market ensuring the employability and skills levels of local people match employer needs.
The Board has ensured that employers recognise their role in supporting the community and influencing colleges to provide courses which will give students the skills required for local jobs. This approach will also encourage businesses to recruit locally and expand locally. The Board is chaired by Mike Damms, chief executive, East Lancs Chamber of Commerce.
The Board leads on the planning, funding and commissioning of employment and skills provision in Pennine Lancashire and has played a key role in gathering intelligence to form the commissioning statement for Further Education in Pennine Lancashire and supporting the targets for increased participation in education.
A position statement was prepared last year which set the foundations for the Employment and Skills Board to build on and has informed the works and skills plan for the area.
Membership of the Board is:
· Upper tier authorities (Blackburn with Darwen Council and Lancashire County Council)
· District authority representative (Burnley Council and Pendle Council)
· Higher Education representative (University of Central Lancashire)
· Further Education representative (Accrington and Rossendale College)
· Third Sector (Blackburn with Darwen CVS and Bootstrap Enterprises)
· Health representative
· Training 2000
· Regenerate Pennine Lancashire Ltd
· Via Partnership (formerly Connexions)
· Pennine Lancs 16-19
· Skills Funding Agency
· Jobcentre Plus
· National Apprenticeships Service
· Local business representatives