Many businesses face significant skills gaps while many people and communities lack the skills necessary to benefit from economic growth. Key features of skills provision and funding, nationally and locally, constrain action to meet these challenges, and skills funding features prominently in devolution agreements.

We develop skills and employment strategies for our clients in a variety of settings. They include local enterprise partnerships, individual councils and sub-regional partnerships. In some cases we focus on individual sectors, such as sports, creative industries or health and care.

A skills strategy is as good as the quality of the engagement of employers and providers in its development. It must be based on a deep understanding of the skills gaps today and the anticipated needs of businesses and other employers in the future. It must also focus on action to enable those who are currently excluded from the labour market or are on the edge of it to gain the skills, capabilities and confidence they require.

Examples of work include:

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