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Expert panel hosts Sheffield City Region’s inaugural skills summit

Nick Boles, Minister for Skills and Sir Nigel Knowles, LEP Chairman are joined by apprentices at the Sheffield City Region Skills Summit

We joined more than 250 businesses at Sheffield City Region’s first official Skills Summit (Thursday 19 May).

Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, addressed the summit which outlined the benefits of taking on an apprentice, the wide range of support available to businesses and the skills success stories in the region.

The event was hosted by BBC Home Editor, Mark Easton, and the other keynote speaker was Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP.

Several notable national and local decision makers also addressed attendees on how the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working with employers to access the skills they need to increase their market position. Speakers included Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, David Cragg CBE, Deputy Chairman of WorldSkills UK, Michael Davis, Managing Director of Ecorys, David Hughes, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute, and Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of Sheffield City Region LEP and Partner at Brewster Pratap.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Skilled people are the lifeblood of a strong economy. That’s why we are working in partnership with employers to ensure young people have the skills businesses need to grow and compete. The Sheffield City Region’s economy was built by small businesses. Events like the Skills Summit offer businesses the opportunity to work with the City Region to ensure that any investment meets the real needs of the business community.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “The Sheffield City Region provides a straight-forward and reliable business environment with a sensible regulatory system that champions innovation and creativity. This business-minded culture comes from our track record of working together to grow our businesses and the local economy, and to make the region an even better place to live. In order to capitalise on this innovation we need to continually invest in the development of skills at all levels of the workforce, from apprentices to senior managers. The Skills Summit enabled businesses to discover how we intend to achieve this goal and ensure that the city region realises its ambitious targets.”

Following its success, the Sheffield City Region plans to make the Summit an annual event.

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