City Region and business to drive growth in adult skills

By on 24/03/2010 in News

Council and businesses leaders today (Wednesday, March 24) welcomed the Chancellor's Budget announcement that the City Region is to be granted a new power to boost the area's adult skills.

Coun Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council who chairs the City Region Board, said: “This is a significant move for the City Region which now becomes one of only three areas in the country to have this level of devolved power (the others being London and Manchester).

“It is a tremendous acknowledgement of the effort we have put towards tackling long-term unemployment, and increasing skills. Through real partnership working, joined-up across our City Region and beyond, we are levering in new funding and accessing new powers to address one of the most critical issues facing the country.

“We are working in an innovative way with our private sector partners to deliver real change, and I hope that this will be one of many announcements coming out of our partnership in the near future.

“Building upon our ambitious plans for employment and skills (MAA), and our proposals for new ways of supporting transport investment (ADZs), we are also working hard to enhance our collective Inward Investment offer as well as creating financial savings through exploring joint procurement opportunities.”

The City Region Employment and Skills Board (CRESB) , led by the private sector and working with regional partners, will now set the skills strategies for funding bodies to follow.

Ben Reid, Chief Executive of the Midcounties Coop who chairs the CRESB, said: “The private sector will now play an increasingly direct and central role in setting the adult skills strategy for the City Region. This will help ensure that funding bodies will invest in the key skills that businesses need to boost productivity and competitiveness.

“Through the City Region we have a strong partnership that is working to reduce the numbers of long term unemployed, improve our skills base, and through this support economic growth.”


For further information contact John Lamb, Press and PR Manager at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 0121 450 4228: 07971144064

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  1. Kavan Hawker says:

    This is vitally important that adults and school leavers have their literacy, numerical and communication skills improved. I commend this and any other additional support to improve the desparate situation we have with literacy, numerical and especially communication skills.